A deputy council leader has raised concerns about potential slippage with regards to the opening date for the East West Rail central section.
North Somerset council has bought land to support the realignment of Quays Avenue as part of the project to bring railway services back to Portishead.
The Scottish Borders Council has agreed to increase the funding towards the costs for reopening Reston railway station. It comes just a week after East Lothian Council agreed to increase funding after East Linton.
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A petition has been launched to restore the railway linking Rowrah and Cleator Moor with Whitehaven.
The petitioner has raised eight petitions for restoring rail infrastructure on the change.org website
Network Rail are continuing to work on the railway line linking Oxford to Oxford Parkway in preparation for the opening in December.
Rail Minister Paul Maynard announces funding for new stations which will deliver better journeys, boost local economies and link communities.
Rail passengers across England and Wales are set for better journeys thanks to a £20 million pot to fund new stations, announced today (26 August 2016) by the Department for Transport.
The next round of the new stations fund will provide up to 75% of the cost for construction of new stations or to reopen previously closed stations. The funding will improve access to the rail network and create new travel, employment and housing opportunities.
It follows on from an initial round of funding, which has already made a major difference to passengers’ journeys, with new stations at Newcourt in Devon, Pye Corner in Wales and Lea Bridge in London, and stations at Ilkeston near Derby and Kenilworth near Coventry in the process of being delivered.
Rail Minister Paul Maynard said:
The new stations fund is a great example of how our record investment in the railways and work with local authorities and industry is delivering better journeys for passengers.
Through this fund, passengers will benefit from new connections and faster journeys, making it easier to get to work and visit friends and family. It will also provide a major boost for local economies and support the delivery of local housing developments.
Norrie Courts, Director of Stations at Network Rail said:
The new station funding stream represents an important part of our railway upgrade plan to improve Britain’s railways, delivering real and visible improvements for passengers. The first round of the new stations fund helped deliver Pye Corner, Newcourt and Lea Bridge and is in the process of delivering Ilkeston and Kenilworth. These are important stations for passengers who rely on the railway every day, and the announcement of additional investment to undertake a further round of new stations is welcomed.
Organisations such as local authorities, and train operating companies keen to boost local growth are all being encouraged to submit bids.
The schemes already completed as part of the first round have made a major difference to the local area, allowing homes to be built, connecting towns and boosting the economy. Just last month, construction began at Kenilworth – one of the largest towns in England without a railway station. The re-opening of the Kenilworth station, which closed in 1965, will allow residents easier access to Coventry and Birmingham but also help bring in shoppers and visitors to this historic town.
The deadline for bidders for the second round of funding is 18 November 2016 with an announcement of successful projects expected to be made early next year.
A Leicester based design agency is using the latest technology to develop the Mail Rail heritage attraction that will form part of the Postal Museum.
A study on the Bittern line has demonstrated a strong case for a new railway station serving Broadland Business Park and additional trains between Norwich and North Walsham.
Work has begun to remove the footbridge currently in place at the Ilkeston railway station site. The station is expected to open later this year.
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MP Greg Hands will be meeting TfL to ensure that the decision to not route Crossrail 2 through Imperial Wharf has been fully investigated.
A railway station serving Whitfield near Dover has been proposed as part of a submission by the district council to the local transport plan. Whitfield is expected to rapidly over the next few decades.
Kent County Council has supported the extension of Crossrail from Abbey Wood to Dartford, Gravesend and Ebbsfleet.
Over £74,000 has been allocated to restore the station buildings at Slaggyford on the South Tynedale Railway. Slaggyford will be the new terminus of the railway following the award of £5.5m to extend the railway.
Council leaders from Glasgow and Renfrewshire council’s are to call for the Glasgow Airport rail link to be fast tracked to mitigate the effects of the current economic uncertainty.
Volunteers are being called for to help tidy up the Fleetwood end of the Fleetwood to Poulton railway line.