Doncaster-Sheffield Airport proposes ECML diversion

A report has proposed that the East Coast Main Line is diverted to serve a new railway station serving Doncaster-Sheffield Airport. The station is located south east of Doncaster with the diversion expected to be around four miles in length.

There have been proposals in the past to serve the airport by building a railway station on the Doncaster to Lincoln railway line that runs to the north of the site.

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Positive economic case for Cranbrook East railway station 1

The following report will be presented to the Devon and Exeter Rail Project Working Party on Friday 15th July.

It was reported at the last meeting that a study was being undertaken to establish the feasibility of creating a second station east of the current one at Cranbrook. The economic case for a second station is considered to be positive and the linear nature of the expansion towards the east and west of the current Phase 1 development means that rail is well placed to provide good access to key destinations around Exeter and beyond. There is now an ongoing study to investigate further the possible location for a station at Cranbrook East.

Network Rail are progressing a GRIP 2 study on Exeter – Castle Cary via Yeovil
enhancements to improve resilience for Paddington – Exeter services diverted in times of disruption. At the County Council’s request this has included infrastructure options to enable a half hourly frequency between Exeter and Honiton including the potential for the second Cranbrook station noted above. Funding options are being examined to take work forward to the next stage.

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Marsh Barton Progress Update – July 2016

The following report will be presented to the Devon and Exeter Rail Project Working Party on Friday 15th July.

This scheme was approved in July last year with costs being estimated at £7.4m. The railway station is designed to serve the thousands of people who work at the largest employment site in the city and the South West Exeter urban extension.
The site clearance works have been completed and work is ongoing to finalise the design and complete the necessary Network Rail consents. Construction is expected to start in autumn 2016 subject to confirmation of the necessary consents with trains starting to call from winter 2017/18. A diversion of the public right of way crossing of the railway to the south of the station was required to enable the station to open. This is currently the subject of a planning inquiry through written representations with the Inspector expected to report later in 2016.
An interim stopping pattern at the station is planned from December 2017 to December 2018 due to the constraints of the current timetable. This will result in a less than hourly frequency at some times of the day but with suitable calls in peak periods as far as possible. A full calling pattern is planned from December 2018 to coincide with the rewrite of the timetable, including the new long distance rolling stock, better quality local rolling stock and additional seat capacity alongside the introduction of the half hourly frequency throughout the day between Exeter and Paignton. Capacity constraints may mean that a half hourly frequency may not be achievable at all times of the day.

Higgins report recommends integrated Leeds station and Crewe acceleration

David Higgins has recommended that the HS2 station serving Leeds should be integrated into the existing railway station in a report.

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The report also recommended that HS2 should be built towards Crewe six earlier and open in 2027. It was chosen ahead of a bid by Stoke on Trent. The decision on the location of the station in Crewe has been postponed to next year.

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The announcement of a revised station at Leeds has prompted fresh calls of a station serving central Sheffield.

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