Lord Adonis has stated that national confidence in Britain’s capability to deliver large projects would drive forward the delivery of HS3 with it and Crossrail 2 likely to be delivered in parallel.
Railfuture Scotland has provided detailed submissions to transport consultants AECOM in support of East Dunbartonshire Council’s request for the new rail halt between Milngavie and Hillfoot.
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.
The Poulton and Wyre Railway Society has launched a campaign to sponsor a sleeper to help pay for the replacement of rotten sleepers that are currently in place.
Concerns have been raised by local Councillors about the impact of Worcestershire Parkway on the nearby railway station at Pershore.
Planning Permission is being sought for ten houses on land near to the railway line at Langport, which could compromise proposals to deliver the railway station.
The already delayed completion date for the extension of Nottingham Tramlink to Chilwell and Clifton has been pushed back to Summer 2015 according to the main contractor Taylor Woodrow.
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.
The first trains started to serve a newly constructed railway platform at Northallerton during the weekend. The temporary platform is hoped to mark a start towards the establishment of a permanent railway station terminus at Northallerton.
The first rails have been laid on the new Crossrail link into Heathrow.
TfL has launched a consultation into a Tramlink Dingwall Road Loop Extension.
Haltwhistle could receive an extra 100,000 visitors per annum if ambitious plans to extend the railway to Haltwhistle occur.
Track laying is set to begin on an extension to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway after a shares issue raised more than the half a million pound target. Once completed, the railway line will run for 14 miles and serve Broadway.
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
- 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|
|West Street||286,450||Parkhead Forge||90,000|
|Bannockburn*||160,000||Bridge of Earn||56,000|
The publication of these proposals have galvanised a number of campaigns for reopening railway lines in Scotland including the Levenmouth link.
Regions need to prepare now if they want to maximise the benefits of HS2. A report by the Independent Transport Commission looked at case studies in Europe to provide new insights into how the regions could capture the value of High Speed Rail investment.