A rail link between the HS2 station at Toton and East Midlands airport is being investigated as part of a feasibility study into a number of infrastructure proposals that could support the Midlands Engine strategy. Heavy rail, light rail and tram-train are possible options.
Doncaster Council have revealed eight sites that could form the possible location for a parkway site in South Yorkshire on HS2.
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Sir David Higgins has backed the creation of a South Yorkshire HS2 parkway railway station between Doncaster and Rotherham. He noted that it could take pressure off thr A1 and M1 roads.
Nottingham City Council has confirmed that it will be looking into possible extensions of the Nottingham tram network to Derby, Long Eaton and East Midlands Airport. The tram system is expected to be extended from Toton Park and Ride to the East Midlands HS2 railway station.
Council leaders are intending to accelerate the construction of HS2 plus the Midland Metro route to Birmingham International as part of the bid for the city to host the commonwealth games.
The draft Greater Manchester framework has proposed a railway station serving Droylsden on the Manchester Victoria to Ashton railway line as part of a development site in the Ashton Moss area. The framework suggests that a passing loop may be required.
The framework will be consulted on over the next two months. It also includes extensions to the Metrolink from Manchester Airport serving the new HS2 station, looping back to join the existing tram line at Wythenshawe Hospital and Port Salford extension over the Manchester Ship Canal.
The frameworks notes consideration of the reinstatement of the rail line through New Carrington for transport purposes, including investigation of the potential for a rail spur serving the new employment development.
Coventry City Council is exploring a proposals to create a tram network that would connect the city to the HS2 station at Birmingham International and the University of Warwick.
The Institute of Public Policy Research IPPR has urged the UK government to prioritise high speed links between northern cities over HS2.
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Network Rail has published its Scotland Route Study, which outlines expected growth in rail usage between 2019 and 2043 and options to enhance the network to meet the future needs of customers.
The study has been developed by Network Rail – in partnership with the rail industry, regional transport partnerships and Transport Scotland – to identify value-for-money choices for funders to improve connectivity, capacity and resilience on the existing network.
There were a number of proposals raised in the study for expanding the rail network in Scotland to enhance the network on existing routes. Although this does not include many of the expansion proposals such as Levenmouth, St Andrews or the extension of the Borders Railway to Carlisle, there were a number of changes that would expand the rail network with new lines or enhance routes to support the restoration of passenger services on freight lines.
HS2 station requirements
The strategy considered the impact that HS2 trains would have on the region. Whilst Carstairs was proposed for an upgrade that would increase line speeds and capacity, it was not expected to use the railway station to separate HS2 trains on an ongoing basis. The issue was handling 400m trains that were expected to operate HS2 trains serving Scotland. Edinburgh would require reconstruction whilst it was suggested that Glasgow may require a new city centre railway station.
A new chord south of the Fife bridge with a grade separated junction to assist with the effective distribution of train services through the Haymarket corridor.
Fife bypass line
A new rail route between Inverkeithing and Halbeath would avoid Dunfermline. It would help relieve capacity in the area and speed up services on the railway lines in Fife
Dalcross railway station
One of the options put forward to increase capacity on the railway line between Aberdeen and Inverness was the installation of a dynamic loop, which would add a second platform at the yet to be started Dalcross railway station.
Edinburgh south suburban line
Designed to develop the robustness of the network, it was suggested that the Edinburgh south suburban line should be electrified and gauge cleared for larger freight trains. This could potentially support the introduction of passenger trains on the route but is likely to impact the use of trams that some had suggested.
A freight link between Musselburgh and Niddrie West was deemed not practicable after respondents to an earlier consultation document pointed out several developments had been built on the corridor.
A report has backed the creation of a passenger rail link on a freight line between Southall and Brentford. The link would connect Transport Avenue in Brentford, part of the Golden Mile, with the Crossrail station at Southall.
The link could be open in 2020.
The council have also proposed a connection between Hounslow and the new railway interchange at Old Oak Common.
There are two options for a proposed tram link from HS2 to Derby. The route is expected to use trams from the Nottingham Express Transit system.
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Sadiq Khan has called for a postponement of the development of a terminus for HS2 at London Euston until a less disruptive plan is created. He has suggested that the route terminates at Old Oak Common Interchange as an interim measure.
There has been frustration expressed following the proposed removal of a link to connect Nottingham with Birmingham via HS2 because there is no capacity.
A 25 year rail strategy for Leicestershire has focused on creating a connection to HS2 and speeding up train services on the Midland Mainline to London.
Some were concerned about the projects view of the Leicester to Burton railway line.
The European Commission is to provide €4m to Transport for London to support the development of options for possible railway stations in the Old Oak Common area. The area is set to be transformed when HS2 phase one is opened.
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