Network Rail has confirmed that the opening of Cambridge North railway station will be delayed until 2017.
The proposals for to reopen the line between Frome and Radstock have been presented to the public at an exhibition.
A report has identified that up to 400,000 passengers per annum could use the proposed Corsham railway station with the majority of usage being towards Bath and Bristol.
The Department for Transport is in talks with train operators about how it will handle the extra demand from passengers at Cambridge North following concerns raised by the local MP. It is understood that capacity will be delivered by increasing the length of some trains serving Kings Lynn to eight carriages.
The plans to create a high speed rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh have been shelved until the cross border route is decided.
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A joint project group for Soham railway station is set to be formed by representatives of East Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and the local LEP.
Stroud MP Neil Carmichael has said he is “very supportive” of a scheme to restore and reopen the Sharpness railway as a heritage railway tourist attraction. He was speaking after attending a consultation meeting with the Vale of Berkeley Railway Trust.
Plans have been submitted for a £16m four mile extension of Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. The line will be extended to Wistlandpound Reservoir and railway stations restored at Blackmoor and Parracombe. Blackmoor will feature sheds and engineering works to maintain the rolling stock.
Discussions are being held to create Wisbech Development Corporation, which would support transport improvements including a new railway line.
The high usage of Laurencekirk railway station compared to its business case supports the case for reinstating railway lines to Peterhead and Fraserburgh according to former transport minister Stewart Stevenson.
Over 3,000 people have signed a petition to reinstate the railway line serving Haverhill. The campaign group have agreed to work with local community groups and events to enhance the campaign group.
Torbay Council has submitted a planning application for the new Edginswell railway station.
This follows a presentation of the draft plans to the local Community Partnership group in December where a number of comments and feedback were received. These have now been incorporated, where possible, into the new application and address the design, landscaping, ecology and flood risk concerns.
The new station, which is supported by Torbay Council, is expected to open in 2018, and will consist of two platforms, both with access to shelters, ticket machines, real time information lighting and CCTV. The station will be fully accessible to all with pedestrian access from both Newton Road and Riviera Way via steps, ramps and a footbridge to platform level. Cycle access will also be provided from Newton Road with a cycle shelter at the entrance.
An associated car park, with access from Newton Road, is also included in the plans. Following feedback received this car park has been significantly scaled down from 75 car spaces to 25 along and will also include three disabled spaces and an operations space.
The station will be served by trains operating between Exmouth/Exeter and Paignton, via Newton Abbot and it is anticipated that at least four trains per hour will stop at the station from December 2018.
Councillor Mark King, Executive Lead for Planning, Transport and Housing, said: “This new railway station will be a great asset to the local area as it will serve the residents of Shiphay and the Willows along with staff and visitors of Torbay Hospital and the surrounding Business Park and employment areas, including The Willows retail parks. With the recently opened South Devon Highway, the station will have a big impact on the access to this area of the Bay and help our local businesses to grow and become more accessible regionally and nationally.”
In addition to the submitted planning application, Torbay Council are working closely with Network Rail and Great Western Railway to achieve all of the necessary approvals for the development of the station.
Dan Okey, GWR Regional Development Manager, said: “We at GWR are pleased that this planning application has been submitted and, if successful, the development of a new station at Edginswell. The growth in rail travel in Devon and Cornwall is among the highest in the country; reflected in our increase in Paignton services and desire to deliver further improvements.
“We have a strong partnership here with the council, the community and our industry partners. We look forward to continuing to work with them to develop the new station, and to secure further improvements for our customers.”
Edginswell Station will be funded by the Local Transport Board, who have already allocated £4 million of the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal settlement to the station. A further £4.2 million is still required to complete the project and Torbay Council are actively seeking funding from other sources, including the Government’s New Stations Fund, additional Growth Deal, and developer contributions.
This scheme is one of four transport schemes that Torbay Council has successfully gained funding for from the Local Enterprise Partnership. Work has already commenced on the other three – the Western Corridor in Paignton, Torquay Gateway and the traffic reversal in Torre. Edginswell will complete the delivery of these schemes in 2018.
Torbay Council continues to welcome suggestions for other names for the station, as it has not been finalised. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view and comment on the planning application for the station visit: www.torbay.gov.uk/planningonline.
A meeting of the West of England Joint Transport Board occurred on 29th January providing a number of updates on a number of rail enhancements in area around Bristol.
MetroWest Phase 1
Two key issues have impacted the timescales of delivery of the Portishead railway reopening.
There has been substantial opposition to the level crossing at Ashton Vale Industrial Estate. Alternative access arrangements have been proposed. Consultation on potential options including provision of a new link via the Ashton Vale park & ride junction and/or changes to the junction on Winterstoke Road will take place in February/March 2016.
The emerging designs are advising that there will be substantial construction issues and access difficulties on the operational freight line. These will be confirmed in April 2016.
The above issues have resulted in a delay in the start of the stage 2 Development Consent Order consultation. This was planned for January 2016 but is now expected to be June 2016. The proposed submission date of the DCO planning application will slip to November 2016 and the subsequent stages will delay by approximately six months. The expected opening date is now late 2019/early 2020.
There are also concerns that the resignalling project will be delayed by the reviews into Network Rail. Any delays will prevent the opening of the Portishead railway line.
The project does offer an opportunity to bring forward GRIP 4 and use that to feed into other parts of the programme. This will help remove risks from the programme.
MetroWest Phase 2
A consultation is being held on the location of Henbury railway station. It is expected to report in Summer 2016. This project will be affected by delays to the delivery of Bristol East Junction as this is necessary for phase 2. Phase 2 is ezpected to open on time in May 2021 although it was noted that the phasing funding would need to be revised because the capital funding only comes on stream on 2021/22.
Portway Park and Ride
Grip Stage 2 has been completed by Network Rail. Funding has been allocated to take the project forward to GRIP stage 3. Delivery is planned for the first half of 2019.
The local council arecawaiting the results of timetable modelling by Great Western Railway for MetroWest Phase 1, which will establish if there is capacity for an additional stop before any further work is commissioned to reopen Saltford railway station.
A petition has been presented to Bristol CC. £50k has been identified to develop the business case for Ashton Gate railway station.
Work is ongoing to reintroduce the railway service to the line between Stirling and Alloa. A petition is set to be submitted shortly to Holyrood, whilst the local task force will be meeting in late February.
The campaign group proposing a railway station to serve Carno has highlight the positive moves that are being made that will support the reopening of the railway station.