Wycombe District Council are to fund a feasibility study into the reopening of the railway line between High Wycombe and Bourne End.
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.
Network Rail and Fareham Borough Council are looking into progressing a study into a proposed railway station at Welborne on the Fareham to Eastleigh line.
A feasibility study into a proposed light rail line serving Brixham will not be funded by the council after a full council meeting. The proposals, which have been advocated by the local mayor have been brought before the council a number of times.
A new railway station in West Nuneaton has moved a step closer to reality after a feasibility study by Warwickshire County Council revealed a positive business case for the project. The business case has suggested a BCR of 1:3.43.
The study found that a new Galley Common/Stockingford station would bring considerable business and environmental benefits to the area. It would be located on the Nuneaton to Birmingham line.
The station, which could open as early as 2023, would significantly ease road congestion in the area, resulting in an estimated saving of 520,000 road vehicle kilometres/year by 2023, rising to 1.5 million kilometres/year by 2029. Total passenger journeys per annum are estimated to be 56,339 by 2023 and 166,611 by 2046
A former station, known as Stockingford, was located in the area, adjacent to the Whittleford Road overbridge, before closing in March 1968. The new station would consist of northbound and southbound platforms linked by a footbridge; pedestrian and cycle links to Kingswood Road and Whittleford Road and a car park.
The timescales for opening are constrained by capacity issues on the route and the lack of rolling stock. If further investment is supported, the GRIP3 would occur by 2020/21. The station is currently estimates to cost £11.4m at 2016 prices.
£18,000 has been allocated towards a feasibility study that will review the proposed railway line between Harrogate and Ripon.
Fife Council have announced that they will be awarding a £30k transport study into the implications of reopening the Longannet railway line.
A feasibility study is to be commissioned into further rail developments around Bristol. They include a further investigation into the Henbury loop and new stations at Ashton Gate, Horfield/Lockleaze and St Anne’s.
South Lanarkshire Council has told local councillors that the council is committed to carrying out a preliminary report on the feasibility of reopening Law station in the next financial year.
Cromer Town Council have asked to be involved in proposals to build a railway station serving Broadland Business Park following concerns that the increased service would not reach Cromer. Preliminary research indicated a strong case for an increased service frequency between Norwich and North Walsham. Funding is currently being approved for a further technical study into the proposals.
Local councillors are to consider whether to support a public consultation and whether to seek funding for a feasibility study into a proposed railway station serving Evanton. The proposed railway station would be located on the Far North line north of Dingwall.
Talks have been held between council representatives and Parry People Movers who operate the Stourbridge to explore the feasibility of a very light rail system that could link the Midland Metro stop with the bus station. A scoping survey will be produced by early next year for a loop using tracks laid on top of the existing road surface.
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
North Norfolk District Council is recommending the allocation of £15,000 towards a technical study into a proposed railway station serving Broadland Business Park and additional rail services.
The GRIP2 report produced by Network Rail into restoring passenger services on the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne railway has been costed at £195m with £70m of benefits to be gained from a service that could run between Ashington and Newcastle-upon-Tyne in just 38 minutes.
Source: Northumberland County Council