Monthly Archives: October 2016


Coastal towns fear service proposal could jeopardise improvements

Cromer Town Council have asked to be involved in proposals to build a railway station serving Broadland Business Park following concerns that the increased service would not reach Cromer. Preliminary research indicated a strong case for an increased service frequency between Norwich and North Walsham. Funding is currently being approved for a further technical study into the proposals.

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Timelapse shows Cambridge North footbridge installation

Timelapse footage has captured the installation of a footbridge that connects the ticket office with the platforms at the new Cambridge North railway station, due to open in May 2017 as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

The footbridge was installed in two sections and links all three platforms to the new ticket office, lift shafts and stairwells. Each section was built on site and lifted into position last weekend.

The station is due to open in May next year.


GM spatial plan proposes Droylsden station

The draft Greater Manchester framework has proposed a railway station serving Droylsden on the Manchester Victoria to Ashton railway line as part of a development site in the Ashton Moss area. The framework suggests that a passing loop may be required. 

The framework will be consulted on over the next two months. It also includes extensions to the Metrolink from Manchester Airport serving the new HS2 station, looping back to join the existing tram line at Wythenshawe Hospital and Port Salford extension over the Manchester Ship Canal. 

The frameworks notes consideration of the reinstatement of the rail line through New Carrington for transport purposes, including investigation of the potential for a rail spur serving the new employment development.


Wednesbury light rail route proposed

Talks have been held between council representatives and Parry People Movers who operate the Stourbridge to explore the feasibility of a very light rail system that could link the Midland Metro stop with the bus station. A scoping survey will be produced by early next year for a loop using tracks laid on top of the existing road surface.

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Low Moor railway station update – October 2016

Construction of the new rail station in Low Moor is advancing well, and work continues to progress on the new platforms and car park areas. Installation of the new passenger lifts and footbridge have commenced and the majority of the necessary track adjustments have been completed. Most of the essential highway improvements have also been completed, including the construction of the main entrance to the new station car park and forming the new residents parking bay in New Works Road. New Traffic Regulation Orders will also be implemented nearer completion of the scheme, providing new traffic priority measures in New Works Road and the junction with Cleckheaton Road.

Previously unrecorded mine workings, discovered on the northern side of the new station development are currently being treated. This requires substantial engineering works including the filling and capping of two previously unidentified shafts. The capping of these shafts is almost complete and, when finished, will allow the remainder of the station platforms and lift shaft/footbridge to be completed. This has impacted on the delivery programme and, subject to no further issues being encountered, the station will be opened in May 2017.

Source: West Yorkshire Combined Authority