Merseytravel welcomes New Stations Fund

Merseytravel have welcomed the announcement of the second round of the New Stations Fund, which will support the construction of railway stations in England and Wales. The most advanced project in the Liverpool City Region is Maghull North on the Ormskirk branch, although the long term rail strategy identified other candidates that may be potential candidates.

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Apperley Bridge is busier than forecast

Apperley Bridge railway station, which opened on 13th December 2015 has proven to be busier than the forecast expected. This update will be presented to the Bradford sub committee of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on 8th April 2016.

Apperley Bridge

2.8. Apperley Bridge station which opened on 13 December 2015 has been busier than forecast for its first few months of service. WYCA has commissioned passenger and vehicle counts and surveys to be carried out over a week to ascertain how people used to make the journey before the station was opened and where they are travelling to and from.

Low Moor railway station update – April 2016 2

A substantial update has been provided into the progress being made with the construction of Low Moor railway station. This will be presented to the Bradford sub committee meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on 8th April 2016.

Low Moor Rail Station

2.4. Construction of the new rail station and car park in Low Moor is now well underway. To date, most of the work to form the two new station platforms has been completed and construction of the main station car park is progressing well, with substantial earthworks undertaken and the main site retaining walls assembled. One of the main passenger lift shafts has also been erected on the southern part of the site and the majority of the necessary track adjustments have been completed.

2.5. Most of the main elements of the essential highway improvements have also been completed, including the construction of the main entrance to the new station car park and forming the new residents parking bay in New Works Road. New Traffic Regulation Orders will also be implemented nearer completion of the scheme, providing new traffic priority measures in New Works Road and the junction with Cleckheaton Road.

2.6. During the work, a previously unrecorded mine shaft was discovered that requires extensive treatment in order to make it suitable to build above. Work to treat the shaft is well underway and due to be completed in April. Completion is programmed for late summer.

2.7. The new station will be served by hourly trains to Bradford Interchange, Leeds, Halifax and Huddersfield. Grand Central has also expressed an interest in stopping at the new station

Rotherham Parkgate study to be commissioned

South Yorkshire PTE are set to commission a £100,000 study into the business case for a railway station to serve Rotherham with the station likely to be built close to the Parkgate retail centre on the mainline between Sheffield and Doncaster. The study is hoped to assist future bids for government funding to run further detailed studies.

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Kirkstall Forge railway station update – March 2016 1

An update into the progress being made to deliver Kirkstall Forge railway station has been published as part of the papers provided to the Leeds district committee for their meeting on 4th April 2016.

Kirkstall Forge
2.10. Construction of Kirkstall Forge station is complete and the access road to it is due for completion before the end of April.
2.11. The station will be served hourly by Ilkley/Leeds trains with additional Airedale line peak hour trains. The technical process to gain approval from the Office of Rail and Road to open and operate the station is underway and approval is expected in April.

New Stations proposed as part of Merseyside Rail Strategy 1

A number of new railway stations  and pieces of infrastructure have been proposed as part of a Merseyside Rail Strategy.

The Liverpool City Region Long Term Rail Strategy has recommended that a new railway station in central Liverpool should be explored if demand continues to rise.

Wapping Tunnel is to be surveyed as part of proposals to improve the understanding to return this line to passenger use. This would allow Northern Line trains to join the line to Edge Hill and beyond. Stations are proposed to serve the Universities and the Smithdown Road corridor. Optioneering and feasibility studies are to be undertaken into a connection extending rail services from Liverpool South Parkway to the Airport, Speke and Runcorn.

The strategy proposed support with neighbouring authorities for railway stations at Warrington West and Tarbock Interchange/Halewood South. Early feasibility work will be undertaken for a potential railway station at Beechwood in Runcorn. Ledsham and other places on the Crewe to Chester line were also proposed.

Further work will be undertaken to review the business case for the Burscough Curves as part of proposals to improve the Ormskirk line and the development proposed in the area.

A new railway line to Skelmersdale and a railway station at Headbolt Lane are proposed with proposals to commence the GRIP process for the design and construction.

Working with Network Rail, the report proposes undertaking early feasibility and initial GRIP stage work to design and construct new railway stations at Beechwood, Woodchurch and Deeside Industrial Park. as part of an upgrade of the Borderlands line between Wrexham and Bidston.

There were also proposals to look at the case to upgrade the North Mersey Branchline and Bootle Branchline to passenger usage. This would include new stations at Anfield, Tuebrook and Edge Lane.

Finally new stations were proposed at Carr Mill, Ditton, Maghull North, St James, Vauxhall and Town Meadow,

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Woodilee and Westerhill options backed by report

New stations at Woodilee and Westerhill could be beneficial according to a Multi-Modal STAG (Scottish Transport
Appraisal Guidance) Part 1 Appraisal of the Kirkintilloch/Lenzie – Bishopbriggs – Glasgow Corridor.

The report concludes that there are a number of options which could benefit from a detailed Part 2 Appraisal including the rail halts at Woodilee and Westerhill.

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Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge Funding agreed

The Department for Transport has signed off £9.5 million of government funding to deliver two  railway stations at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge on the  railway line between Leeds and Shipley. The two railway stations are being delivered as part of the £15.9 million Leeds Rail Growth scheme. Apperley Bridge will provide a Park and Ride for Leeds and Bradford, whilst Kirkstall Forge will provide access to the Kirkstall Forge Development Site. The announcement grants full approval to the scheme which is promoted by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, allowing work to begin. Works will commence in July, with completion expected by August 2015.

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