Feasibility Study

Feasibility study backs Galley Common railway station

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.

Coastal towns fear service proposal could jeopardise improvements

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.

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Wednesbury light rail route proposed

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.

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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

Ashington restoration could cost £195m

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