Monthly Archives: August 2014


Yorkshire Wolds Railway Preview Day Shows Progress

Members of the public have had the opportunity to preview the work being made on the site of a project to restore railway services on part of the Yorkshire Wolds Railway. The railway has planning permission to lay approximately one mile of track from Fimber Halt towards Wetwang, which it hopes to start as soon as the enabling works are completed.

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New Stations proposed as part of Merseyside Rail Strategy 1

A number of new railway stations  and pieces of infrastructure have been proposed as part of a Merseyside Rail Strategy.

The Liverpool City Region Long Term Rail Strategy has recommended that a new railway station in central Liverpool should be explored if demand continues to rise.

Wapping Tunnel is to be surveyed as part of proposals to improve the understanding to return this line to passenger use. This would allow Northern Line trains to join the line to Edge Hill and beyond. Stations are proposed to serve the Universities and the Smithdown Road corridor. Optioneering and feasibility studies are to be undertaken into a connection extending rail services from Liverpool South Parkway to the Airport, Speke and Runcorn.

The strategy proposed support with neighbouring authorities for railway stations at Warrington West and Tarbock Interchange/Halewood South. Early feasibility work will be undertaken for a potential railway station at Beechwood in Runcorn. Ledsham and other places on the Crewe to Chester line were also proposed.

Further work will be undertaken to review the business case for the Burscough Curves as part of proposals to improve the Ormskirk line and the development proposed in the area.

A new railway line to Skelmersdale and a railway station at Headbolt Lane are proposed with proposals to commence the GRIP process for the design and construction.

Working with Network Rail, the report proposes undertaking early feasibility and initial GRIP stage work to design and construct new railway stations at Beechwood, Woodchurch and Deeside Industrial Park. as part of an upgrade of the Borderlands line between Wrexham and Bidston.

There were also proposals to look at the case to upgrade the North Mersey Branchline and Bootle Branchline to passenger usage. This would include new stations at Anfield, Tuebrook and Edge Lane.

Finally new stations were proposed at Carr Mill, Ditton, Maghull North, St James, Vauxhall and Town Meadow,

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LU Awards Northern Line Extension Contract

London Underground (LU) has today announced its intention to award the contract to design and build the Northern line extension from Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms to Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke.

The contract, worth approximately £500 million, will be for six years and covers the main construction works.

The new line is expected to open in 2020.

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