Monthly Archives: December 2015


Looking forward to 2016 – proposed railway stations and lines 1

Following on the heels of an exciting year for rail reopenings with twelve railway stations joining the national rail network, 2016 is set to see ten railway stations join the national rail network as well as infrastructure enhancements that will create new rail services. Five stations that were expected last year are expected to join the network during the first half of 2016.

Kirkstall Forge

Almost ready to open, Kirkstall Forge is expected to be opened in the first quarter of 2016. It will join the recently opened station at Apperley Bridge on the railway line between Leeds and Shipley. It has been constructed as part of a major development in the area. It will initially be served hourly by trains travelling between Leeds and Ilkley.

Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park

Understood to be ready to open, these railway stations are expected to be swift additions to the railway network during the first quarter of 2016 following a number of delays. The planning issue with regards to a mini roundabout at one of the railway stations has been resolved.

Low Moor

Located between Bradford Interchange and Halifax, Low Moor is expected to open during summer 2016. Construction commenced on site during autumn 2015. The station is expected to be served by at least one train per hour and it is understood that Grand Central has requested permission for it to stops its trains at Low Moor.

Cambridge North

Construction commenced on this three platform railway station during early 2015 and it is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Edinburgh Gateway

Construction commenced on this railway station during mid 2015 and it is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Ilkeston

Following a number of false starts, construction has commenced on Ilkeston railway station. The station is expected to be completed in summer 2016.

Lea Bridge

Following a number of delays, construction commenced on this railway station during mid 2015. There were issues with the work raised by a number of operators but this has been resolved and the station is expected to open during spring 2016.

Marsh Barton

The contract for this railway station was awarded in September 2015 and work is expected to begin in early 2016.

Kenilworth

The intention is to open Kenilworth railway station in December 2016. Clearance work has commenced.

Tram Train Tinsley Chord

Following the approval of the Transport and Works Act Order in November, work is expected to be completed in late 2016 to facilitate the operation of Tram Trains to Rotherham.

Swanage Railway link

The first trains are expected to use this link in June 2016.


Scottish tram proposals welcomed

Proposals to bring light rail to Glasgow and expand the existing network Edinburgh have been welcomed by TramForward. Glasgow and Renfrewshire council’s backed further work to investigate proposed options to construct either a light rail or tram train connection to Glasgow Airport. Edinburgh Council backed further work to extend the tram to Newhaven.

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West Midlands Movement for Growth plans released

Extensions to the Midland Metro and rail network feature in the 20 year plan for transport in the West Midlands approved by the West Midlands ITA. The Midland Metro will be extended east from Birmingham towards the airport. The Midland Metro will also be extended to Dudley, Brierley and Wednesbury. In addition, a heavy or light rail service will be run between Walsall and Wolverhampton. New stations are expected to be created at Willenhall and James Bridge.

Source: BBC News


TfL Bakerloo extension consultation update

Transport for London have issued an option selection summary report for the Bakerloo line extension following a review of responses received during the consultation held in late 2014. A route to Lewisham via Old Kent Road has been selected as the preferred option. Further work will occur before the proposed route is put out to a further consultation.

Source: Transport for London