The extension of the Midland Metro to Birmingham New Street will open on 22nd May 2016. Subject to a final review, driver training should start within the next few days.
A public meeting has been held to discuss plans for a railway station at Dalcross, which would serve Inverness Airport. The station, which is expected to cost over £2m is expected to handle 65,000 passengers in its first year of operation, with that number rising to 400,000 by 2075. The station could be open by December 2018.
The French Council of State have chosen to annul a decision to go ahead with a TGV route between Poitiers and Limoges.
Major progress has been made to the creation of the railway line between Elsecar and Cortonwood. Junior soldiers have been supporting the latest efforts.
A report from Nestrans has proposed that the reopening of a railway line between Dyce and Ellon should be explored further.
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Proposals to construct 37 housing units on land near to the railway line at Leek, which would have provided funding towards the restoration of the railway line to Leek have been rejected unanimously. Issues including land contamination and access were raised as objections.
A 1.3 mile automated rail link has been proposed by Luton Borough Council to connect Luton Airport to the nearby railway station. The £200m link will lead to the abolition of the buses that are currently in place. A heavy rail route has been ruled because of the difference in height between the railway line and the airport. The intention is to commence construction in 2017.
Campaigners for a railway station to serve Corsham have advised that they are making progress. The project has reached GRIP 2.
Planners have approved plans to construct Edginswell railway station as long as the proposed car park is removed.
A petition has been launched to bring a railway station to Wellington. However, Somerset County Council have already ruled out funding the next step of the feasibility report.
Plans have been lodged with the local council to build a railway station serving Inverness Airport. It will have one platform and a car park for 150 vehicles.
A revised local plan for Guildford has been proposed the creation of a development that would create a park and ride railway station just off the A3 at Burpham. It would be located at Gosden Hill farm, which is north of Guildford.
The tunnel drive for the Northern line extension has been delayed by more than six months. It will now start in early 2017. The tunneling machines were revealed recently following their construction in France. They are set to be dismantled before transport to London.
Despite the delays, Transport for London have been keen to advise that the delay will not impact the expected opening date in 2020.
Lancashire County Council have agreed to spend £4.7m on the development of plans to build a railway line serving Skelmersdale. The money will be used to decide where the station should be located and identify the remit of the technical stage. The council have advised that the railway line will be able to tunnel under the motorway to reach Skelmersdale.