Yorkshire


Low Moor set to open on 2nd April

Low Moor railway station on the railway line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax is expected to open on Sunday 2 April with the first train at approximately 0830. The station has been impacted by construction delays caused by a mine shaft under the site.

Two stations are set to join the Northern Rail network on 2 April 2017 with Ilkeston also expected to open on the same day.

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Fresh risk to Rotherham Tram Train project

Concerns have been raised following an update to the next meeting of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee. The project timeline for opening has slipped to summer 2018. However, a contractual long stop date of 15 September 2017, allowing any partner a mechanism to terminate their involvement if the service was not operating by that date. This date will clearly not be achieved and this has allowed Stagecoach Supertram to review their commercial operating contract. This matter is presently being negotiated with SYPTE and DfT.

The update with regards to the vehicles was more positive with the units due to commence operation on the network soon. In addition, the new owners were more positive with regards to the Parkgate stop. The new owners are demonstrating an increased positive interest in the service and SYPTE are re-negotiating the arrangements with the owners to secure a footpath link to new stop and dedicated park and ride arrangements.


Low Moor railway station update – January 2017 1

Construction of the new railway station in Low Moor is advancing well and work continues to progress on the new platforms and car park areas.

Issues in connection with the discovery of previously unrecorded mine workings, on the northern side of the new station development, have been resolved with the successful filling and capping of two mine shafts.

Resolving the mineshaft issues has allowed work to progress on the remainder of the major infrastructure items, including the installation of the new passenger lifts and positioning of the main footbridge spanning the track.

This latest progress means that the station remains on target for opening by May 2017. The final highway surfacing works and the introduction of the proposed new Traffic Regulation Orders will be carried out just prior to the new station opening.

Source: West Yorkshire Combined Authority


Doncaster-Sheffield Airport proposes ECML diversion

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.

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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


Elland railway station update – October 2016

A rail station at Elland was considered as part of WYCA’s New Stations Study (2014) and emerged as one of the four stations within the study area to take forward. The work will establish if a stop at Elland can be incorporated into the timetable without impact on other services, and be technically feasible to construct and economically/financially affordable. The feasibility study work will be available in 2017.

Source: West Yorkshire Combined Authority