The first train for the Mail Rail experience has arrived.
2017 is set to be another positive year for proposed railway stations and lines. There are a number of developments that will add to the 2,560 railway stations already open on the rail network. Four railway stations are set to open during the year. The second round of the New Stations Fund is set to be announced early in 2017, providing an important injection of cash towards proposed schemes. City deals are expected to be agreed and formalised commencing work on further stations and lines.
Construction of major schemes will continue. Crossrail works will proceed ahead of opening in 2018 as will the Northern Line Extension to Battersea.
Heritage Railways are continuing to expand. Swanage to Wareham is expected to commence regular operation during summer 2017. The GWSR is continuing its Broadway extension works with the hard work from volunteers driving towards a 2018 opening date. The GCR are anticipating that their Bridge to the Future project will commence during 2017.
Finally, the light rail network continues to expand. Works are expected to start on the Manchester Metrolink extension to the Trafford Centre. Work continues on the Tram Train route between Sheffield and Rotherham.
The four railway stations that are expected to open in 2017 are listed below:
Quarter 1 2017
- Cambridge North
- Low Moor
When we began 2016, there were a number of proposed railway stations and lines that were set to be completed by the end of the year. Whilst the year has been reasonably successful with five railway stations, a number of projects have been postponed to 2017.
Coventry Arena – Along with Bermuda Park, this railway station opened on 18 January 2016. Although it has been subject to controversy due to the lack of rolling stock to accomodate passengers after events at the arena, the station attracted nearly 12,000 passengers in its first few months of operation.
Bermuda Park – this railway station also opened on 18 January 2016. Just over 2,000 passengers used the railway station in the first few months of operation.
Lea Bridge – this railway station opened during the evening of 15 May 2016.
Kirkstall Forge – this railway station opened on 19 June 2016.
Edinburgh Gateway – this railway station and Edinburgh tram stop interchange opened on 11 December 2016
The year has also been successful for reaching major milestones for many proposed rail stations. This has been pushed in part by the New Stations Fund round 2 announcement, which has moved a number of projects to update the relevant documentation. Other funding options have triggered the start date for the construction of projects including Trafford Centre Metrolink extension. The short-medium term shows that the appetite for building new railway lines and stations has not abated. However, it is showing a worrying increase in costs and timescales that are affecting the delivery of proposed stations without central government support.
The private developer behind the alternative private proposal for a railway station at Norton also known as Worcestershire Parkway have advised that they will be submitting their own planning application in early 2017.
Further calls to reopen the railway station at Fulbourn have been made.
A Welsh Assembly Member has said that the proposed railway station at Bow Street would provide a substantial boost to the local economy. A bid for £6.8m has been made to round 2 of the New Stations Fund.
Source: BBC News
The proposed raikway station at Kenilworth is unlikely to realise its full potential unless the Cross Country train service that uses the existing line stops at the station as well as the proposed shuttle. This would give the railway station a 30 minute frequency service.
Two conceptual railway stations have been proposed in the proposed local transport plan out for consultation.
One scheme could involve the development of a new station to the north of the A449 in the vicinity of Fernhill Heath. This station would provide parkway facilities for north Worcester, improving access to rail for strategic park and ride opportunities.
A second scheme could involve the development of a new station in the vicinity of Rushwick, close to the A4440. This station would provide parkway facilities for west Worcester, improving access to rail for strategic park and ride opportunities.
Following challenging ground conditions encountered during construction, sufficient progress has now been made that the opening date for the proposed railway station at Ilkeston is expected to be announced soon.
The project to build a railway station at Dalcross has received a £3.34m funding boost from the Scottish Stations Fund. It will provide access to Inverness Airport.
The station is expected to cost just under £4m with the car park and access expected to increase costs to £5.5m. Plans were submitted for the railway station in October and these are expected to be presented at the local planning application committee in mid January.
Sir David Higgins has backed the creation of a South Yorkshire HS2 parkway railway station between Doncaster and Rotherham. He noted that it could take pressure off thr A1 and M1 roads.
With 400 signatures on a petition, a local campaigner is looking for volunteers to support the next stages towards bringing a railway station back to Tarporley. The proposed station would be located on the Crewe to Chester railway line.
A report has proposed that the East Coast Main Line is diverted to serve a new railway station serving Doncaster-Sheffield Airport. The station is located south east of Doncaster with the diversion expected to be around four miles in length.
There have been proposals in the past to serve the airport by building a railway station on the Doncaster to Lincoln railway line that runs to the north of the site.
The Croxley rail link is running over the agreed budget of £284.4m due to prices received from the supply chain. The government has advised that it will not provide any further funding. TfL are considering how to resolve the current overspend.
Transport for London have announced the bidders shortlist for the Barking Riverside extension.
Three bidders have been shortlisted to build the extension, they are:
- Balfour Beatty
- Carillion PLC
- VolkerFitzpatrick Morgan Sindall joint venture
A Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) for the 4.5km extension was submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport in March 2016 and if approved could mean construction beginning in late 2017 with train services commencing in 2021.