An underground railway station is one of the options for bringing high speed rail into Bradford as part of a proposed high speed line running between Leeds and Manchester.
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.
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.
The Institute of Public Policy Research IPPR has urged the UK government to prioritise high speed links between northern cities over HS2.
Source: BBC News
The new transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has said that that he has no plans to back away from the project.
Source: BBC News
A rail-related tourism fund has supported a number of schemes which will expand the rail network. Seventeen schemes were funded with three supporting the restoration of services using three very different transport modes.
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Rail Association (C&PRRA): heritage rail interchange with main line services at Princes Risborough – £75,000. The project will extend the heritage rail line from Chinnor to its former terminus at Princes Risborough station and see the reinstatement of a platform and loop line at Princes Risborough for interchange with services from London and other main line destinations.
WMG, University of Warwick: a very light rail shuttle between Dudley’s tourist attractions – £75,000. The project is to undertake a feasibility study for a new very light rail service linking Dudley Zoo and the Black Country Living Museum.
Rheilffordd Cwm Gwendraeth/Gwendraeth Valley Rail: valley community rail corridor and velorail development £75,000. A unique ‘velorail’ rail bike visitor attraction will be developed on a disused Network Rail branch and rail-side land starting in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire.
Sadiq Khan has called for a postponement of the development of a terminus for HS2 at London Euston until a less disruptive plan is created. He has suggested that the route terminates at Old Oak Common Interchange as an interim measure.
A petition has been launched to encourage the protection of former trackbeds.
Source: Petitions Website
The Government needs to build the case for spending £50bn constructing a link between London and the North, a report by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee says.
The government’s main arguments in favour of HS2 – increasing railway capacity and rebalancing the economy – were still to be proven, peers said.
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The Institute of Economic Affairs has proposed replacing railway lines with busways.
The Adam Smith Institute has published a report that has reviewed the impact of the Green Belt. One of the recommendations put forward has suggested removing the green belt designation from all land within 10 minutes walk of railway stations.
The government has published the 2014 update to its National Infrastructure Plan. It presents an overview of the government’s policies, investments and record on infrastructure delivery since 2010. The document identifies that over 2,500 different projects or schemes have been delivered in this Parliament.
The East West Rail project received consideration with regards to the central section between Bedford and Cambridge.
East West Rail – the government will consider the outputs of the Network Rail study into the East West
Rail central section (Bedford to Cambridge) as part of the planning for Control Period 6 (2019-2024)
Chesterton Railway Station received confirmation of funding.
Chesterton Rail Station – as announced by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister
the government will provide £44 million between 2014-15 and 2016-17 to build a new rail
station at Chesterton, linked to Cambridge Science Park
The update can be found here
Lord Adonis has stated that national confidence in Britain’s capability to deliver large projects would drive forward the delivery of HS3 with it and Crossrail 2 likely to be delivered in parallel.
Regions need to prepare now if they want to maximise the benefits of HS2. A report by the Independent Transport Commission looked at case studies in Europe to provide new insights into how the regions could capture the value of High Speed Rail investment.