TransWilts have offered an update with regards to Wilton Parkway. The proposal is currently at GRIP Stage 2.
Hot on the heels of the bid for funding from round 2 of the New Stations Fund, money is being sought to fund further GRIP work.
Feltham and Heston MP Seema Malhotra has called for a railway line serving Heathrow from the south with a station at Bedfont to be considered by Network Rail in its plans to create a route that accesses Heathrow from the south.
Northumberland county council have approved the commencement of the GRIP 3 study into a railway line between Newcastle and Ashington that will assess and select the best option that establishes the costings of the scheme.
Councillors have agreed in principle to provide a further £1.8m towards proposals to operate three trains per hour on the freight line linking Brentford with Southall. A railway station would be created next to Transport Avenue.
The first stage of the GRIP 3 work will commence shortly and subject to the identification of further funding, GRIP 4 should be completed by the end of 2017.
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
The following update is to be presented to the West of England Joint Transport Board on 9th September. Portway will be located on the Severn Beach branch line.
Network Rail will start work on the GRIP 3 report in September 2016. Positive feedback has been received on the Local Growth Fund bid of £2.2m towards the £2.63m cost of the station. The final bid was submitted at the end of July 2016 supported by new economic assessment work. Construction is planned to start in 2018 with opening in May 2019.
Campaigners for a railway station to serve Corsham have advised that they are making progress. The project has reached GRIP 2.