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NR launches Ely to Soham doubling consultation

Network Rail have launched a public consultation into the proposals to double the railway line between Ely and Soham. The proposal will increase the capacity for freight and passenger trains using the route. It will have an impact on the delivery of a railway station at Soham. Network Rail have advised the following.

There is a proposal for a new station at Soham which is a Project that is being promoted by Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC). Although outside the scope of this Project, Network Rail and CCC are working together to ensure that these two projects are compatible.

Source: Network Rail Media Centre and Consultation Hub


Soham Railway Station is an engineering possibility

Soham Railway Station is possible after a study by carried out by Network Rail and Atkins on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

With a study into the feasibility of a railway station in Soham confirming it is an engineering possibility, the District Council is now set to investigate whether it is commercially viable.

Research carried out by Network Rail and Atkins on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council looked at the engineering possibilities of the railway station, the impact of freight transport and the level of passenger demand for the station.

The results were positive with the costs of the work to bring the railway station back into use estimated at between £2.5m to £5m depending on the extent of the station and whether it is staffed.

The next stage of the process is to see whether the station would be commercially viable and whether it could fit in with the other routes and services already using the lines.

Councillor Peter Moakes, Chairman of Development and Transport sub committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “This is report is encouraging news for our plans to reinstate the railway station in Soham. The work has shown that there are no major engineering obstacles to bringing a station back into use. This will of course be a major boost for Soham and its ability to grow in the future.

“However, I think it is important to set this work in context. The research has shown that while we believe the demand is there for services, we need to speak to train operators and our partners to determine whether these levels of demand are commercially viable and whether it could fit into the current timetables using the lines. There is still a lot of work to be done yet before we can say Soham will get its railway station back but we are moving along on the right track.”


New Stations Fund – Round 2 contenders – updated 3

The second round of the New Stations Fund sees up to £20m allocated to projects to open railway stations on the national rail network in England and Wales. The first round supported the opening of five railway stations. Three have been opened and the other two are due to open shortly.

There are a number of contenders for this funding. The first round saw thirteen applications for funding and a number of groups organisations have progressed campaigns and studies into other candidates.

So who are the likely contenders for this funding!

Haxby

Located on the York to Scarborough railway line, this station did not receive funding during the first round of the New Stations Fund. Regardless, the proposal remains a strong candidate, having been pushed as a likely station project in the Leeds City Region.

Wixams

Located on the Midland Mainline, this station is subject to frustration from residents of new build housing estates who were promised a railway station. Developments have not progressed as fast as expected here, so potentially it could miss out. However, stakeholders were meeting to look at ways to cover the £12m funding gap. Is it too much?

Warrington West

Struggling with a shortfall of funding, this proposal could be a likely winner. The station surprised many when it made it on to the map for services of the new Northern Rail franchise. The local authority has been pushing this project through the required studies over the last few years.

Worcestershire Parkway

Following the recent resolution of the land ownership issues, only money stands between this station and an opening date. There are concerns that the station may struggle attract the required train services to ensure that it opens.

Belford

Located north of Chathill, this station was a contender for opening. With an infrequent service and only a single platform, it could be a low cost addition. However, a number of issues have put this proposal on the back burner. Could an injection of government cash unlock the potential of this site.

Horton Sea View/Peterlee

Another station quietly moving through the studies is a proposed station serving Peterlee on the Newcastle to Sunderland Coast line. The council are unlikely to ignore an opportunity like this to invest in this area.

Portway Park and Ride

One of the proposed stations to enhance the MetroWest project is Portway Park and Ride. With the P&R already in place, it could be a relatively low cost addition, although it may struggle with abstraction from existing passenger transport services. It has completed GRIP 2 and funding is in place to deliver GRIP 3.

Cranbrook East

Hot on the heels of Cranbrook is Cranbrook East. The long term developments of this area could bring a demand for a second railway station. Proposals are in an early stage but they are already being considered by the relevant authorities. Unlikely contender with others in a better position in this area.

Edginswell

Very likely with some funding already in place. Whilst the station is desired, the proposed car park has been rejected by local residents and the planning committee. Expected opening date is currently December 2018.

Reading Green Park

A possibility with the station part funded as part of a local growth deal. Costs have increased when higher passenger forecasts required more facilities to be provided here.

Crosshills and Kildwick

Located on the Airedale line, this station has been a long held ambition for some. It sits awkwardly just over the border from West Yorkshire, which has left it without the required support. However, the inclusion of Craven in the Leeds City region made it a sure fire inclusion in the top four station projects. An outside chance with strong candidates located elsewhere in the region and a ticketing problem being located on the wrong side of the border.

East Leeds Parkway

Where is East Leeds Parkway going to go is a question expected to be answered shortly by a report to the local transport authority. There are two options with one being Thorpe Park and a second being near Micklefield. Potentially the other strong candidates in the region with stronger business cases leaves this one as unlikely

Maghull North

Located on the Merseyrail network, this station should be funded from the local growth fund and the Housing and Communities Agency. It is unlikely to apply.

Bow Street

A project that has been moving through studies recently has been the proposed station serving Bow Street. Outline plans are almost ready to be submitted, putting this station in the ideal position of being virtually shovel ready. If the potential time tabling issues are resolved, this could be the strongest Welsh contender.

Cullompton

With £100k committed by the local councils last month to develop early plans, this station could be a contender to enhance the rail network around Exeter.

Ashington/Bedlington

Added to the Northern Rail franchising bid documents as an option to cost, Ashington and Bedlington are potential candidates. Bedlington lies a few short miles beyond the head shunt that Morpeth trains use between services. Ashington would require the creation of a new rail service up the Blyth and Tyne. An active campaign group could help put the case together for funding.

Ashton Gate

Located on the Portishead line, this station is a strong candidate for funding. It could be constructed as part of the works to open the Portishead line to passenger traffic and be ready for the deadline set by the NSF requirements.

Saltford

Located near Bath, this is one of three stations proposed to serve the MetroWest network that is not fully funded. The station has strong local support from the station action group.

Corsham

Located between Bath and Chippenham, this is one of three stations proposed to serve the MetroWest network that is not fully funded.

Stonehouse (Bristol Road)

With strong support from residents and the local MP, this station would provide a direct link to Bristol and Birmingham for residents of Stonehouse.

Langport and Somerton

Commendable efforts are being made by the local media to drive forward the campaign to open the railway stations serving Somerton and Langport.

Wantage and Grove

There is local support for a station serving here although it does not appear that any outline business cases have recently been completed. Without this, the railway station is an outside chance.

Leeds Bradford Airport

Highly unlikely but with a similar BCR to a direct link to the airport, a railway station near the airport on the Harrogate line could be a potential candidate if the local transport authority performs a U-turn on their conclusions from the recent report into surface access to Leeds Bradford Airport.

Elland

Long proposed since the line through Brighouse opened in the year 2000. It managed to make the top four proposals with the main difficulties being the delivery of a railway station at an elevated site and the provision of step free access. This is another of the four candidates in the Leeds City Region that could get funding.

Middlewich

Just weeks away from publishing a business case, this candidate sits closed as Virgin Voyagers crawl past during weekend diversions. If the infrastructure concerns (mainly line speed) can be mitigated and trains sourced to run the additional service required, Middlewich could be a candidate.

Halton Chord

The new service could bring a new railway station to serve the area due to be transformed by the new bridge over the Mersey. Without a service already in place it will be difficult to model likely demands particularly with so many transport changes due in this area.

Are you aware of any other candidates. Feel free to comment below or tweet me

Update – 10th September 

It was innevitable that I would miss some of the candidates. Following feedback from readers and an update from RailFuture, I have been able to add further candidates to the list. 

Marsh Barton

Located near Exeter, this station would offer access to a strategic employment area. 

Addenbrookes

In south Cambridge, the station is also potentially linked with the Cambridge city deal. 

Parkgate, Rotherham

Proposed by consultants last year, Parkgate is due to gain a tram stop as part of the tram train scheme. It offers a strong business case, which provides Rotherham with access to inter-regional services.  

Soham

Located near Newmarket, this railway station was delayed when the project to double the railway line through the area was suspended. A local task force is moving the project through GRIP 3 at the moment with representatives from Soham Town Council and the LEP. 


New Stations Fund (second round)

The second round of the New Stations Fund was announced in the Summer 2015 budget. Potential proposals noted in the budget was the extension of the Robin Hood railway line to Ollerton and Edwinstone and a new railway station between Castle Gary and Taunton.

On 26 August 2016, the Rail Minister announced that the second round of the New Stations Fund had opened. It would offer up to 75% towards the cost of construction of the railway station. The closing date for bids was 25 November 2016 with the results to be announced in early 2017.

A number of railway station bids for this funding have announced.

Magor

Cardiff Parkway

Warrington West

Willenhall

Bow Street

Portway

Thanet Parkway

There are a number of railway stations where it is understood that a bid has been submitted but no confirmation has been identified.

Soham

Horden

 


Metro vision for Cambridge 1

Railfuture have published a report that considers the potential for a high frequency metro style service serving lines into Cambridge as part of the City Deal. The network would add to the East West Rail and Thameslink service enhancements by opening the route to Haverhill and reopening the Newmarket curve.

Railway stations are proposed at:

  • Soham
  • Fulbourn
  • Cherry Hinton
  • Coldhams Lane
  • Addenbrookes
  • Science Park
  • Waterbeach Barracks

Source: Railfuture


Proposed Railway Stations in East Anglia

There are eleven railway stations proposed in East Anglia.

In addition, there are a number of new railway lines proposed through the area.

  • East West Railway
  • Haverhill
  • Leiston Works Railway
  • Norfolk Orbital Railway
Station Status
Addenbrooke Suggested
Broadland Business Park Suggested
Cambridge North Open 2017
Cherry Hinton Suggested
Essex University Suggested
Fulbourn Suggested
Hunstanton Suggested
Maldon East Suggested
North East Chelmsford Suggested
Soham Suggested
Wisbech East Suggested