Ilkeston is expected to open on 2nd April 2017. The station is expected to have 160,000 passengers in its first year of operation with numbers expected to pass half a million.
Network Rail have set the completion date for the tram train extension of the Supertram to Rotherham. The completion date set is summer 2018.
The final piece in the Metrolink ‘big-bang’ expansion jigsaw will fall into place this weekend, when the new Second City Crossing opens on Sunday (26 February).
Rail Action Group East Scotland are pushing for East Linton and Reston railway stations to be opened by 2020.
Manchester’s transformational new tram line is on track to open to passengers later this month, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced today.
Subject to final testing and commissioning, the first passenger services will run on the new Second City Crossing on Sunday 26 February.
The new line will offer new links and more frequent trams through Manchester city centre, as well as improved service reliability and greater operational flexibility.
This city crossing runs from a major new stop at St Peter’s Square along Cross Street to stops at Exchange Square and Victoria, and will allow more trams to run through the city centre and across the 93-stop network.
The Second City Crossing is the final piece in Metrolink’s £1.5bn ‘big bang’ expansion programme – which has seen extensions to MediaCityUK, East Didsbury, Rochdale via Oldham, Ashton and Manchester Airport.
Importantly, the new line will support the tram network’s future growth by allowing for increased services to run on some lines as demand to travel grows.
Construction work on the new city crossing finished late last year and has been followed by a rigorous testing and commissioning process, including driver training.
When the new line opens, Manchester Airport services will run to the city centre Deansgate-Castlefield stop and, later this year, will continue to Victoria.
Services that currently terminate at Deansgate-Castlefield and Exchange Square will continue across the city centre to Shaw and Crompton and East Didsbury.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visited the Meridian Water regeneration site as construction enabling works formally started on the first 725 new homes and Enfield Council announced a major programme of activity for its flagship £6bn regeneration scheme.
The programme of activity includes the opening of Meridian Water railway station in 2019, which will replace Angel Road station nearby.
The development of a new station in Maghull has moved a step closer after planning permission was granted for the scheme at a Sefton Council planning committee meeting this week (Wednesday 18th January).
The planning committee approved plans for the new Maghull North station, which will be located just off School Lane, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.
The station is a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting demand from an adjacent new housing development which will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. It will also offer relief for the existing station in the town.
The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which currently owns the land on which the station will be built. It will form part of the wider £340m investment by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region in rail improvements over the next three years.
Facilities at the new station will include:-
- Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.
- Passenger waiting facilities on platform
- Step-free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
- 156-space car park with blue badge, motorcycle parking and cycle storage.
- Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station and bus stops on School Lane.
- Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.
Work is due to start on site in August 2017, with the station opening planned for May 2018.
More information on the scheme can be found at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/maghullnorth
Ilkeston railway station is set to open on Sunday 2nd April 2017.
Construction of the new railway station in Low Moor is advancing well and work continues to progress on the new platforms and car park areas.
Issues in connection with the discovery of previously unrecorded mine workings, on the northern side of the new station development, have been resolved with the successful filling and capping of two mine shafts.
Resolving the mineshaft issues has allowed work to progress on the remainder of the major infrastructure items, including the installation of the new passenger lifts and positioning of the main footbridge spanning the track.
This latest progress means that the station remains on target for opening by May 2017. The final highway surfacing works and the introduction of the proposed new Traffic Regulation Orders will be carried out just prior to the new station opening.
Source: West Yorkshire Combined Authority
The opening date for the proposed railway station at Kenilworth has been delayed from August 2016 to the timetable change in December 2016 due to delays encountered delivering track and signalling works that will facilitate rail services serving the new railway station. The railway station is expected to be completed by August 2016.
Following challenging ground conditions encountered during construction, sufficient progress has now been made that the opening date for the proposed railway station at Ilkeston is expected to be announced soon.
The proposed tram train services between Sheffield and Rotherham appear to have been delayed until Summer 2018. A confirmed date for commencing passenger operation is expected by the end of year.
The second city crossing for Manchester Metrolink is set to be completed and opened in early 2017.
Contractors will be working 24 hours per day to complete the work required to facilitate trains running from Oxford to London Marylebone. Train services are expected to commemce from 12th December.
Edinburgh Gateway is expected to open on Sunday, 11 December. It will provide a direct interchange between trains and trams serving Edinburgh Airport.