Haxby Railway Station Update

Haxby Railway Station has been put forward as a possible scheme to deliver through the Local Growth Fund as part of the Leeds City Region LEP bid. Following a Freedom of Information Request, City of York Council confirmed that they expect the results of the bid in July.

The response to the FoI request also confirmed the reasons for Haxby not gaining funding from the New Stations Fund.

  • Line Speed Improvements appears to have been the major issue
  • Schemes needed to be at GRIP3 and shovel ready, the line speed study we had done was felt only to be at GRIP 2
  • The Line Speed Improvements costings could not be signed off, accepted that York had not received a final cost from Network Rail and York could not sign off an uncosted scheme and end up picking up all costs.
  • There was no underwriting of the possible risks involved
  • Looking for fixed offer – no unknown funding sources and this was not clear – again linked to LSI
  • Confidence that the scheme could be delivered in the timescales of the scheme. Delivery was key.
  • Evidence of stakeholder engagement and support for Haxby station
  • We were advised that there had been one objection to Haxby sent directly to the DfT, NO other bids had any objections to their new stations, There were no letters of support or evidence of stakeholder engagement within the Haxby Bid
  • Car Park and impact on the locality (this was not just an issue for Haxby)
  • Land purchase issues around the allotment

Belford Railway Station nears completion of GRIP 4

The proposal to open a railway station at Belford in Northumberland is nearing the completion of GRIP 4. The proposed railway station was one of the nine proposals that missed out on funding as part of the New Stations Fund. The next steps will depend on funding committed by the LTP for 2014-15.

The proposal to provide a station platform, car park and access road
alongside the east coast main line near the location of the former Belford
Station, is included in the LTP Programme 2013-14. This funding has been
provided to complete the Network Rail Governance of Rail Infrastructure
Projects (GRIP) stage 4. Work on GRIP 4 is nearing completion and
information from the study can be made available in due course.

A bid to fund the provision of the station platform was made to the DfT’s
New Stations Fund in February 2013, but it was unsuccessful. Further
funding for the project is being considered in the draft LTP programme for
2014-15. The draft programme will be consulted on at the Council’s Area
Committee meetings in March 2014 before a programme is recommended for
approval to the Executive Director of Place and the Policy Board Member
for Streetcare and Environment.

Surrey Canal Road Station Update

Lewisham Council has confirmed that there is no fixed date for the reopening of Surrey Canal Road Railway Station, although it should be delivered within two years of the commencement of development of Surrey Canal Triangle. The station was partially constructed following the withdrawal of funding from Department for Transport. The missing funding is to be provided by the developer of a nearby stretch of land as Lewisham Council confirms below in a response to a Freedom of Information request.

The s106 (part of the planning application) requires that the developer pays the Council £10m on or prior to the commencement of development at Surrey Canal Triangle and TfL deliver the new station in two years of that date. The developer will first submit applications for reserved matters and there will be a clearer indication of timings when this happens.

S106 is viewable here:…

Applicants’ website is here:

Surrey Canal Road was due to be delivered as part of the extension of the East London Line to Clapham Junction but the government withdrew funding for the station. TfL built the station box so that disruption would be minimal when the station was authorised.

James Cook University Hospital Station to open in May 2014

Following a Freedom of Information request, it has been confirmed that James Cook University Hospital Railway Station should open in May 2014 subject to no delays to the programme. This is two months after the expect mid-late March opening date.

1)      Construction works started on site on 6th January 2014.  Works are being delivered by Network Rail and its contractors, on behalf of TVU.

2)      Subject to there being no adverse weather condition or other unforeseen delays, the station is programmed to open in mid-May 2014.

The station will be located on the Middlesbrough to Whitby line and will be served by services travelling to Whitby and Nunthorpe. It will be operated by Northern Rail.