Seventeen railway stations were due to be opened in 2015 at the start of this year but already the number that will be delivered during 2015 is dropping as timescales slip. This post reviews the progress of the five railway stations due to open in the first half of 2015 as of the beginning of this year.
Cranbrook (Unknown, was January)
Cranbrook was due to be the first railway station to open in January but it is still not open. Unfortunately issues with the signalling system in the area and a major sewer that runs through the site have substantially impacted construction. Network Rail are due to issue revised timescales for delivery of the railway station during April.
Newcourt (May, was March)
Newcourt is one of the stations impacted by the discovery of rare reptiles on site. Network Rail expected the railway station to be substantially complete by the end of March. Although there have been a few delays, the Friends of Newcourt Railway Station’s Facebook page, appears to suggest that the railway station should be ready by the end of April.
Bermuda Park (May/June, was May)
Bermuda Park is probably closest railway station to its expected delivery date at the beginning of the year. Towards the end of March, it was weeks away from receiving platform surfaces after construction started in October. It is expected to be completed May/June.
Ricoh Arena (June, was May)
Ricoh Arena is not far behind nearby Bermuda Park and is expected to be completed in June.
Ebbw Vale Town (Summer, was May)
The 1.5 mile Ebbw Vale Town extension has been ongoing. The railway extension and new railway station is due to be delivered this Summer.