Brentford to Southall link given funding boost

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.

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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

Portway railway station update – September 2016

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.