Kent proposals considered in Network Rail route study

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.

Canterbury Chords

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
  • Camberwell
  • East Brixton
  • Otterpool Park – Garden Town
  • Gillingham Stadium

Consultation opens on Warrington West

Warrington Borough Council have opened a consultation into the proposed railway station at Warrington West. An online questionnaire is open until 6 March 2017. 

Alternatively project representatives will be at the following venues over the next few weeks:

They will be at: 

Sainsburys Chapelford on 18 February (10:00 – 16:00)
Honiton Square on 21 February (10:00 – 16:00)

Sankey for Penketh station on 22 February (07:00 – 14:30)

Sainsburys Chapelford on 23 February (14:00 – 19:00)

The biggest concern raised at the previous consultation was that Sankey and Penketh would be closed. The rail industry have agreed to serve the station during peak hours. 

The railway station is planned to feature the following aspects. 

High quality station building which echoes local history with a building design based on an ‘aircraft hanger’.

A staffed station to improve customer service and promote safety and security. 

Three trains per hour will stop at the station, one limited stop and one stopper.

High quality, easy access for cyclists and pedestrian station users.

Safe, secure and convenient cycle parking.

Good interchange with current and future bus services. 

Space for drop off and taxis. A large, secure pay and display car park with approximately 250 spaces including CCTV and lighting.

Further information and the online questionnaire can be found here

Consultation opens into detailed Bakerloo line proposals

Bakerloo line extension map (c) TfL

The extension of the Bakerloo line moved closer today with the opening of a new Transport for London (TfL) consultation that sets out detailed proposals for station locations along the proposed route beyond Elephant & Castle.

The Bakerloo line extension, to Lewisham via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate, is vital to meeting the needs of the Capital’s growing population, which is expected to increase from 8.7 million today to reach over 10 million by 2030. It would support growth in south east London through new housing, improved connectivity, increased transport network capacity and reduced journey times to key destinations including the West End and Lewisham town centre.

Working in collaboration with the local boroughs, Lewisham and Southwark, at least 25,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs could be supported as a result of the Bakerloo line extension. Other benefits of the extension will include:

  • Extra capacity on London Underground for 65,000 journeys in the morning and evening peak, helping relieve congestion on local bus services and National Rail services
  • Relief of congestion on roads, reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution
  • An Underground train every two to three minutes between Lewisham and central London, with reduced journey times

Four new stations are being proposed along the route to boost connectivity and support regeneration. This includes two stations along Old Kent Road, one at New Cross Gate providing an interchange with London Overground and National Rail services, and one at Lewisham, providing an interchange with the DLR and National Rail services. Details for proposed locations of the ventilation shafts needed to support this extension also form part of this consultation.

The proposals also set out the need to undertake further capacity upgrade works to the Bakerloo line station at Elephant & Castle.

As announced in the TfL Business Plan, the updated plans bring the completion date of the extension forward by two years to 2028/29, to align with the timetable for the upgrade of the Bakerloo line.

The Mayor and TfL remain committed to delivering a second phase of the extension beyond Lewisham, and work is continuing to build a case for a second phase.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said:
`I’m delighted that we’re pushing ahead with the Bakerloo line extension two years earlier than originally planned. It will provide substantial benefits for thousands of Londoners, providing a new direct route for commuters into the heart of central London and joining up key transport links across south London.

`The extension also has huge potential for new jobs and 25,000 new homes in the area, helping fulfil our ambition to tackle London’s housing crisis and provide a substantial boost to the local economy.’

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: `A Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham would make it easier for our residents to travel around London and it would bring in much needed investment. Lewisham is growing fast and a Bakerloo line extension to this part of south London will help to support that growth in Lewisham and beyond.’

Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes at Southwark, said: `We have big ambitions for the Old Kent Road regeneration, which will pull central London further south and help transform the length of this historic thoroughfare into a dynamic new high street bustling with new homes, including at least 35 per cent affordable homes, new shops and cafes, workspaces, parks and open spaces and safer networks for cyclists and pedestrians.

`A key part of this is the Bakerloo line extension, making this part of London more open and accessible and encouraging investment.

“This is a very exciting opportunity and we are encouraging local people in particular to get involved in the conversations now to help shape the future of one of London’s most famous roads.’

Alex Williams, TfL’s Acting Managing Director of Planning, said:
`London continues to grow and we need to ensure transport has the capacity to accommodate this growth. The Bakerloo line extension plays an important part in these plans, improving connectivity for an area under-served by public transport where there is potential to support 25,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs.’

The preferred route was chosen as it provides the greatest regeneration opportunities, and the best case for maximising new homes and jobs. Other options were considered for the extension, many of which were suggested as part of the previous public consultation.

TfL is planning to progress work towards an application for planning powers by 2020, with further public consultation expected in the future as more details about the proposals are developed.

The public consultation will run until 21st April and further information about the consultation and the questionnaire can be found at .

Thanet Parkway consultation opens

A consultation into the outline design for Thanet Parkway has opened. It will be located on the Ashford International to Ramsgate line, and just to the west of the village of Cliffsend. The station is designed to be unstaffed with two platforms and a variety of facilities, including ticket vending machines and passenger help and information points providing remote assistance.

The consultation runs until 19 March 2017. The consultation document also confirms that the council has submitted a bid to the New Stations Fund.

Two railway stations proposed in Worcestershire plan

Two conceptual railway stations have been proposed in the proposed local transport plan out for consultation.

One scheme could involve the development of a new station to the north of the A449 in the vicinity of Fernhill Heath. This station would provide parkway facilities for north Worcester, improving access to rail for strategic park and ride opportunities.

A second scheme could involve the development of a new station in the vicinity of Rushwick, close to the A4440. This station would provide parkway facilities for west Worcester, improving access to rail for strategic park and ride opportunities.

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Public inquiry to open into Barking Riverside extension

A public inquiry opens next week into plans to extend the London Overground to Barking Riverside.

The proposals would provide a vital new transport link and support the creation of more than 10,000 new homes – up to 50 per cent of which are likely to be affordable – within the next 15 years.
The 4km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line to Barking Riverside would offer an alternative to car travel and link Barking Riverside to London’s public transport network.
From Barking, customers could connect with the District and Hammersmith & City lines, and c2c services to London Fenchurch Street and Essex.
The new London Overground service would operate along the existing Tilbury rail line then via a new section of railway, built as a raised viaduct, ending in Barking Riverside. A station would be built at the heart of a new district centre that would provide healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities.
Without a rail link, no more than 1,500 homes could be built as part of this new development.
The extension is fully funded. The majority of the cost is being met by the developers, Barking Riverside Limited – a joint venture between the Greater London Authority and London & Quadrant – and the remainder by us.
If the scheme is approved, construction could begin next year, with train services starting as soon as 2021.
Deputy Mayor of Transport, Val Shawcross, said: ‘The extension of the Overground will be key to the success of the exciting new developments at Barking Riverside, with a new station built alongside 10,800 new homes, shops and restaurants, and new school and health services.
‘As we have seen in other parts of London, the extended Overground line will be an integral part of ensuring regeneration benefits everyone in the community, with excellent transport links to the rest of London and the creation of new homes and jobs.’

Durham County Council consults on Horden 2

Durham County Council has opened a consultation into the site for a potential railway station at Horden serving the East Durham area on the railway line between Sunderland and Hartlepool.

A site at South East View has been chosen following consideration of various sites in this area. The site has a number of benefits.

  • level ground and large open site
  • space for a large car park to be located next to the station
  • potential opportunity to extend bus service into the station
  • good road access into the station

The station is expected to have two platforms, waiting shelter and a car park with upto 100 spaces. It would be unstaffed.

The consultation closes on 20th October.

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Wedgwood and Barlaston could close permanently

The Department for Transport is to ask bidders of the London Midland franchise for proposals to reopen Wedgwood and Barlaston railway stations (they are currentlybserved by rail replacement bus services). These proposals will be considered but if they are not deemed viable, the Department for Transport intends to initiate closure proceedings that will close the railway stations for good.

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