Opening Celebrations

Low Moor set to open on 2nd April

Low Moor railway station on the railway line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax is expected to open on Sunday 2 April with the first train at approximately 0830. The station has been impacted by construction delays caused by a mine shaft under the site.

Two stations are set to join the Northern Rail network on 2 April 2017 with Ilkeston also expected to open on the same day.

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Review of 2016

When we began 2016, there were a number of proposed railway stations and lines that were set to be completed by the end of the year. Whilst the year has been reasonably successful with five railway stations, a number of projects have been postponed to 2017. 
Successful openings

Coventry Arena – Along with Bermuda Park, this railway station opened on 18 January 2016. Although it has been subject to controversy due to the lack of rolling stock to accomodate passengers after events at the arena, the station attracted nearly 12,000 passengers in its first few months of operation.
Bermuda Park – this railway station also opened on 18 January 2016. Just over 2,000 passengers used the railway station in the first few months of operation.
Lea Bridge – this railway station opened during the evening of 15 May 2016.
Kirkstall Forge – this railway station opened on 19 June 2016.
Edinburgh Gateway – this railway station and Edinburgh tram stop interchange opened on 11 December 2016

The year has also been successful for reaching major milestones for many proposed rail stations. This has been pushed in part by the New Stations Fund round 2 announcement, which has moved a number of projects to update the relevant documentation. Other funding options have triggered the start date for the construction of projects including Trafford Centre Metrolink extension. The short-medium term shows that the appetite for building new railway lines and stations has not abated. However, it is showing a worrying increase in costs and timescales that are affecting the delivery of proposed stations without central government support. 

Bromsgrove officially opened

Bromsgrove railway station has been opened officially following an event today (2nd September) attended by the local MP Sajid Javid. The railway station is the first step in a major upgrade to the railway line between Bromsgrove and Birmingham, which will see an increase in frequency and electric trains. The station opened to passengers on 12th July 2016.

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