Monthly Archives: November 2014

Crossrail 2 costs rise by a third

The price for delivering Crossrail 2 has increased by £6.6bn or 30% following the publication of a new report. Most of the costs increase has been driven by the inclusion of the trains and surface works. It means the north-south rail scheme is now expected to cost £20bn for the shorter Metro route and £27.5bn for the longer regional option.

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WMITA: New Street should be served by HS2

The West Midlands Intergrated Transport Authority have called for HS2 trains to also call at Birmingham New Street as well as the new terminus at Curzon Street to maintain connections with the Cross Country network. These trains could then continue to Wolverhampton and even Shrewsbury if the line is electrified before HS2 opens.

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Railfuture Scotland’s rail expansion plans launched

Railfuture Scotland has announced a number of proposals to expand the rail network in Scotland including opening 50 railway stations and running passenger services on 23 short railway lines and one longer line that currently don’t have passenger services.

Seven existing freight lines

  • Levenmouth
  • Grangemouth
  • Abbeyhill Branch
  • Glasgow Crossrail
  • South Kilmarnock
  • Edinburgh South Suburban (for tram-train operation connecting to the tram line at Haymarket)
  • Dalmellington Branch

Five new build lines

  • St Andrews link
  • Almond Chord
  • Garngad Chord
  • Muirhouse link
  • St John’s link

Eleven re-laid former lines

  • Lossiemouth Branch
  • Old Meldrum Branch
  • Haddington Branch
  • Silvermuir link
  • Penicuik Branch
  • Strathaven Branch
  • Alloway Branch
  • Kilmacolm to Elderslie (as a light rail line interchanging with the main line at Elderslie)
  • Stranraer to Cairnryan line
  • Partick Central Branch (linked to Charing Cross line)
  • Glasgow Airport Rail link (including an extension to Renfrew)

One longer connecting freight line

  • Alloa to Dunfermline

Fifty railway stations and their estimated usage

Station Proposal Anticipated Minimum Station Usage Station Proposal Anticipated Minimum Station Usage
Glasgow Cross HL 2,166,700 Cove 102,000
Grangemouth 360,000 Hurlford 100,000
Citizens (Gorbals) 308,250 Windygates 100,000
West Street 286,450 Parkhead Forge 90,000
Persley 244,000 Kirktonholme* 88,000
Winchburgh 200,000 Beattock 86,000
Kittybrewster 200,000 Symington 82,000
Cumnock 200,000 Blindwells 80,000
Portobello 200,000 Dundee Airport 74,000
Newtonhill 200,000 Blochairn 70,000
Sinclairtown 182,000 Dysart 70,000
Levenmouth 180,000 Halbeath 70,000
Bonnybridge* 180,000 Ibrox 68,000
Allander 180,000 Thornhill 65,000
Abbeyhill 170,000 Bucksburn 64,000
Culloden 162,000 Oudenarde 60,000
Bannockburn* 160,000 Bridge of Earn 56,000
Abronhill* 140,000 Law 56,000
Cambus 138,000 Beechwood 54,000
Ardrossan North 136,000 Plains 52,000
Burnbank 136,000 East Riggs 36,000
Westerhill* 134,000 East Linton 33,000
Mauchline 120,000 Crosshill (Baillieston)* 25,000
Craigie/West Ferry 112,000 Reston 20,000
Woodilee* 108,000 Dunragit 18,000

The publication of these proposals have galvanised a number of campaigns for reopening railway lines in Scotland including the Levenmouth link.

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Click here for the Levenmouth story