August 2014 News Round Up

August is usually seen as a quiet month as various organisations wind down for the Summer Holidays. However, that has not slowed down the number of updates on this site with only a slight dip in the number of posted articles (37) compared to June and July (39).

Major Stories

The major headlines were that East West Rail was expected to deliver substantial economic benefits and growth to the areas on this line. A £15bn plan was proposed for connecting the Northern Cities and a long term rail strategy published for the Liverpool City region. Services on the Todmorden curve were delayed by another six months, whilst a local MP pushed local Councils to use their reserves to accelerate the Wisbech study so that it would be ready for funding bids next year. Barrhead South Railway Station received funding as part of the Glasgow City Deal whilst the Tavistock branch received funding following planning approval for a housing development.

Movers and Shakers

Opening

Shottle Railway Station 9th August

Testing Started

Manchester Airport Trams, Nottingham Trams on NET Phase 2 and Corwen on Llangollen Railway

Dates Confirmed

Portway Park and Ride – April 2016

Ebbw Vale Town – Spring 2015

Borders Railway – 6th September 2015

Around the UK

Crossrail

The Government announced that it was going to launch a study into extending Crossrail up the WCML to Watford

Site Tours of Canary Wharf, Farringdon and Moorgate were announced for the Open House London Weekend

Battersea PS owners made a bid for a stop at their site on Crossrail 2

 

East West Rail

Report backs central section of East West Rail

Riding Stables fear closure over rail noise

 

TfL

TfL announces preferred bidder for the Northern Line extension.

 

Scotland

Borders Railway opening date announced as 6th September

Scottish Government makes pledge on Levenmouth line

Station funding for Barrhead Railway Station

 

Northern England

Five Cities unveiled the £15bn plan that would improve links between major cities.

Rail Links were proposed to Doncaster Robin Hood and Liverpool John Lennon Airports

Todmorden Curve services delayed until May 2015 but Low Moor remains on track to open in December 2015

First Trams arrived at Manchester Airport

 

Midlands

Erewash Council launched a Masterplan to develop the area around the new Ilkeston Railway Station

MP calls for Councils to use their reserves on Wisbech Rail Study

First Tram over Nottingham Bridge

Bermuda Park construction scheduled to start

 

Wales

Pye Corner on track to open later this year

Ebbw Vale Town extension should be ready during Spring next year

 

South West

Portway Park and Ride is set to open in April 2016

Work starts on Portishead Level Crossing proposal

Approved Housing Development releases funding for Tavistock line

Demonstration to keep Saltford on the agenda

 

Heritage Railway

Shottle Railway Station Reopened

The first train arrived at Corwen on the new Llangollen Railway extension

 

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