The Leeds District Consultation sub-committee of West Yorkshire Combined Authority is due to meet on 5th October. They are due to receive an update about Kirkstall Forge railway station, which will advise that the station will open in January 2016.
Driver training has commenced on the Oxford Parkway line. The line is expected to open in late October.
Source: Chiltern Railways
The Department for Transport has listed a service between March and Wisbech as a specific project within its Invitation to Tender for the Anglia franchise.
Discussions to accomodate a stop at Saltford in the MetroWest timetable are ongoing.
Local campaigners are hoping that rail capacity released by the closure of Longannet power station could create a new passenger service.
The big question being asked today is what next following the opening of the Borders Railway. In the short term, there are a number of new stations plus a short section of line. Medium to long term is a little bit more difficult to predict with many projects moving through the various processes that many rail enhancements need to successfully complete before anyone can turn up at site with a digger and fencing.
This post reviews the current situation for the railway stations due to be opened in 2015. Future posts will review proposals expected to open during 2016 and beyond.
New railway stations for 2016 have suffered from a gentle slide in timescales. If the project has not been linked to additional railway infrastructure, the opening date has been delayed.
By the end of 2016, five railway stations are earmarked for opening.
- Coventry Arena
- Bermuda Park
- Apperley Bridge
- Oxford Parkway
The opening of Oxford Parkway will open a new chord and upgrade a former branch line to a mainline serving London and potentially Bedford and Milton Keynes.
Driver training has just commenced on the railway line serving Oxford Parkway, with trains becoming a regular occurrence as the delivery team prepare for 26th October opening date. The project team are expecting to meet this deadline.
Expected to be one of the first openings of the year, it is likely to be one of the last. The project has been impacted by local wildlife, the sewer running through the site and difficulties with the signalling system. Although there has been no confirmation of the opening date, it is expected to open this year.
Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park
Sliding along together are these two stations on the Coventry to Nuneaton railway line. Impacted by a number of delays and safety concerns following major events, the new stations are expected to open in November.
Rapidly approaching completion, the station is very close towards opening. Although it was expected to open in August it appears that the opening date has slipped to October/November.
A final mention should be made of Kirkstall Forge, which was also due in August. A number of suggestions have been put forward but it is understood that potentially this station will not be opened until early 2016. If that situation changes, this blog will be updated.
The opening date for the railway stations at Ricoh Arena and Bermuda Park have been postponed until November at the earliest following further delays delivering them.
A lawyer has warned that the Ordsall chord may never happen. The claim came following the deferral of a legal challenge to the route chosen for the chord.
Lawyers representing Mark Whitby have argued that the decision process for the preferred option for the ordsall chord was flawed.
A legal challenge is set to be heard following criticism of the preferred route chosen for the Ordsall chord.
A local MSP is hoping that the success of the Borders Railway will give the campaign to reopen the Perth-Kinross-Edinburgh line a new spark of life. Although there is a direct connection between Perth and Edinburgh, the Kinross route could cut 35 minutes off journeys.
Campaigners have called for a railway station to be built serving Killingworth north of Newcastle.
Construction continues at Apperley Bridge, with the railway station rapidly approaching completion. Two photos show the progress of the platforms taken on Saturday 19th September.
The Leeds bound platform has progressed with the ramp to the platform having progressed substantially since the previous photo update.
The second phase consultation for East West Rail has opened to the public.
Source: Network Rail
Testing began on the new Oxford link over the weekend of 12/13 September. Services in the Banbury area were impacted as part of this testing period.