The Rother District Council Planning Committee has approved the restoration of the heritage railway between Northbridge Street (Robertsbridge) and Junction Road (Bodiam). Concerns have been raised with regards to the impact of the level crossings on the local road network.
The planning committee that will decide the fate of the extension of the Rother Valley Railway will occur next week.
The Ministry of Defence have proposed reopening the railway station at Shandon as part of plans to improve access to an expanded HM Naval Base Clyde.
Planners have approved the construction of a railway station serving Inverness Airport. Passengers for the airport will use a shuttle bus to the airport.
Plans have been submitted by Luton airport to create a mass passenger transit system between Luton Airport Parkway and Luton Airport. The 2.2km system would cost £200m and be fully automated.
The planning decision to extend the Rother Valley railway line from its current limit of operation at Northbridge Street to Bodiam has been deferred to March. The completed line will join up the Rother Valley Railway line with the Kent and East Sussex Railway.
An underground railway station is one of the options for bringing high speed rail into Bradford as part of a proposed high speed line running between Leeds and Manchester.
Planners are set to approve plans to extend the Mid Suffolk Railway and create a new halt on the line.
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
The private developer behind the alternative private proposal for a railway station at Norton also known as Worcestershire Parkway have advised that they will be submitting their own planning application in early 2017.
Tram Power ltd has been granted permission to restore 0.8 mile of the former Preston to Longbridge railway line and create a tram depot.
Source: BBC News
Irish Rail are investigating three options to reduce the cost of implementing an underground in Dublin.
Additional train services will need to be timetabled to stop in the area as part of the 2018 timetable recast to make a proposal to close Invergowrie railway station and move it to a new Dundee West stop viable. Proposals will hopefully be revealed to stakeholders in early 2017.
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.
Outline plans for a light rail centre that would offer facilities to develop and construct light rail vehicles in Dudley has been approved.