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.
Three New Stations for Wiltshire – Transwilts conference next Wednesday
Wednesday 15 March 2017 Trowbridge Civic Centre, St Stephen’s Place, BA14 8AH
This Transwilts conference gives the background, prospects, business case and timing for three new Wiltshire stations at Wilton, Corsham and Royal Wootton Bassett .
Delegates will hear the case and conclusions from the consultant studies carried out at all three locations by SLC Rail and sponsored by the local Town Councils.
The conference will fit the overall Wiltshire picture together considering transport connectivity and alignment with Swindon and Wiltshire’s economic objectives.
Included will be the case for well connected rail parkway stations to provide congestion relief for principal towns and cities planned future growth.
A prospective timetable for building the stations, opportunities for rail services and the funding options will be explored.
The conference will be particularly relevant for Wiltshire, Swindon and Neighbouring Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Transport Officers, Network Rail and Franchise Operators, Community Rail Partnerships. The conference is open to our Sponsors, Stakeholders, Individual and Corporate Friends of TransWilts.
Attendance is free but places are limited, so an early reservation is strongly advised to secure your place at the conference, refreshments and lunch
Transform Scotland has today urged the Scottish Government to investigate the reopening of former rail routes across Scotland to reconnect communities with the rest of the country.
The recommendation comes in response to Transport Scotland’s consultation on their Rail Infrastructure Strategy, which sought views on how Scotland’s rail network can be improved in coming years.
Transform Scotland has called for all former rail routes to be safeguarded until comprehensive studies have been undertaken to assess the feasibility of railway reopenings. Doing so would help to ensure future opportunities exist to develop and expand Scotland’s existing rail network.Transform Scotland has also called for the Scottish Government to produce a table of population centres which are currently without access to rail services. Many communities across Scotland remain without access to rail services, despite a wide network of disused railways which were closed during the Beeching cuts in the 1960s. Reopening rail routes could open up huge economic and social benefits for areas across Scotland which are at present poorly connected to the rest of the country.
Paul Tetlaw, Rail Campaigner at Transform Scotland, said:
“It is essential that government takes a long-term strategic approach to the development of the railway network. The railway that we have today is largely a mixture of that developed by the early private railway companies and later dramatically reduced by the Beeching era closures.
“In many instances communities that suffered station closures have now grown substantially and new communities have grown up around existing railway lines. Expansion of the network is required to serve these communities which have grown out of all proportion in recent decades. Future planning needs to recognise the huge changes that have occurred since then and plan to create a railway fit for the 21st century.
“We suggest that all former rail routes should be protected until a survey has been undertaken to establish the condition and opportunity for re-use. These are national assets and should be viewed as such.
“At the same time a table of population centres not currently served by rail should be compiled. This would help to create a strategic approach to how and where the rail network will need to be enhanced and enlarged for both passenger and freight needs.”
“One of the many lessons to be learned from the new Borders Railway is that communities value new rail links to our cities and the benefits flow both ways. There are a number of other examples of communities which would benefit from such links, where the social benefits should form a key part of the business case. Levenmouth in Fife stands out as a very prominent example.
“It cannot be right that it is left to local campaigners to lobby for new rail services or routes – a strategic approach which combines local, regional and national needs should be adopted.”
Campaigners are urging people to respond to a Transport Scotland consultation into the future of the Scottish rail network to support the reinstatement of railway stations at Mauchline and Cumnock.
A residents group has called for the delivery of Kenyon Junction railway station after it wasn’t included in the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040.
TransWilts have offered an update with regards to Wilton Parkway. The proposal is currently at GRIP Stage 2.
Five councils, two train operators and two rail user groups have come together to fund £10k feasibility study into the economic impact of the reinstatement of the railway line between Stratford and Honeybourne.
Rail Action Group East Scotland are pushing for East Linton and Reston railway stations to be opened by 2020.
Campaigners have called for Thornhill railway station to be reopened.
A group of volunteers are aiming to restore a train service on the former Garstang railway line by opening a narrow gauge rail on part of the former trackbed.
There are fears that Seghill could miss out on a railway station as part of plans to restore passenger train services between Newcastle and Ashington. A petition has been set up by SENRUG.
Further calls to reopen the railway station at Fulbourn have been made.
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 rail service between Bishops Lydeard and the national rail network at Taunton has been proposed. A two year trial starting in 2018 has been suggested with support from the West Somerset Railway and the local chamber of commerce.
Concerns have been raised that work to upgrade Bristol East Junction remains unfunded with no date committed. If work is not undertaken it could prevent the additional Portishead services and the 30 minute Bristol to Bath service.