A number of photos have been taken showing the progress being made at the construction site of Kenilworth railway station. It is expected to open in December 2017.
Kirkstall Forge has surpassed its first year target after just five months. Over 20,000 passengers have used the railway station that opened on 19 June 2016.
A number of proposals to develop the rail network serving the South East in the draft Kent Area Route Study that is currently out for consultation. The consultation opened on 14 March 2017 for three months.
Ebbsfleet Southern Link
A scheme has been developed that could provide a connection to Ebbsfleet International from the line that runs from HS1 to Fawkham Junction, which was formerly used by Eurostars to access London Waterloo. It has been recently used to store Eurostars. This proposal would offer an alternative route into Ebbsfleet and a helpful route from south London.
Two chords have been proposed between the Ashford to Canterbury West and Faversham to Canterbury East lines. A western chord in the Chartham area could create a direct route between Faversham and Ashford improving north-south connectivity across Kent. A southern chord could improve network resilience with the exposed railway line between Folkestone and Dover.
New railway stations
A number of railway stations have been noted.
- Thanet Parkway
- East Brixton
- Otterpool Park – Garden Town
- Gillingham Stadium
London TravelWatch is to lobby TfL to construct a stop on the Bakerloo line extension serving Bricklayers Arms. A ventilation shaft is proposed for the area.
Two MP’s have called for Camberwell railway station on the Thameslink railway line to be reopened. The proposed railway station would be located between Elephant and Castle and Loughborough Junction.
Transport for London have reported that the Croxley rail link that will extend the Metropolitan line to Watford Junction requires an additional £50m to be completed.
The MP for Gower is to meet the Welsh Office minister to discuss the feasibility of a Swansea Parkway railway station after it was mentioned by the MP last week.
The Rother District Council Planning Committee has approved the restoration of the heritage railway between Northbridge Street (Robertsbridge) and Junction Road (Bodiam). Concerns have been raised with regards to the impact of the level crossings on the local road network.
Campaigners have called for Glasgow Crossrail to be delivered although there are concerns that a development near High Street could use up land earmarked for the line.
Wycombe District Council are to fund a feasibility study into the reopening of the railway line between High Wycombe and Bourne End.
The MP for Gower has raised the suggestion to deliver a parkway railway station serving Swansea in parliament.
Ilkeston is expected to open on 2nd April 2017. The station is expected to have 160,000 passengers in its first year of operation with numbers expected to pass half a million.
The government has offered £10m towards the development of a tram stop on the Nottingham tram system at Broadmarsh shopping centre.
A rail link between the HS2 station at Toton and East Midlands airport is being investigated as part of a feasibility study into a number of infrastructure proposals that could support the Midlands Engine strategy. Heavy rail, light rail and tram-train are possible options.
The London Assembly has agreed a unanimous motion asking for the Secretary of State for Transport to approve TfL’s Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2.
The full text of the Motion is:
“This Assembly notes that on 6th March 2017 Transport for London submitted its Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2 to the Department for Transport. This Assembly notes the project has the backing of the independent National Infrastructure Commission, 83% of London businesses and councils across the South East. This Assembly further notes that investing in infrastructure is one of the 10 pillars of the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy.
This Assembly notes the importance of ensuring the project is approved quickly. TfL modelling shows that the Capital’s transport network will grind to a halt without the project. Furthermore, this Assembly notes that without Crossrail 2, at least 17 Underground stations will buckle under crowding pressures and thousands of passengers arriving at Euston on HS2 Phase 2 could lose times saved on their journeys queuing to board onward Tube trains.
This Assembly further notes that Crossrail 2 has widespread regional benefits. Some 40% of the transport benefits and 30% of the new housing will be delivered outside London. This Assembly welcomes the work that has been done which shows that London can pay for 50% of the costs of the project.
This Assembly notes that no other infrastructure project tackles so many local and regional problems while boosting overall capacity on such a scale. Crossrail 2 would increase London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent and support 200,000 additional new homes and 200,000 new jobs. This Assembly believes Crossrail 2 would contribute to bringing forward the new homes this city needs.
This Assembly highlights the cross-party support for the project across the South East and believes the approval of Crossrail 2 will be a strong statement of confidence in London’s economy as we negotiate a new relationship with the European Union. This Assembly therefore asks the Secretary of State for Transport to approve TfL’s Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2 without delay.”