On Time! Delayed… Where are 2015’s railway station openings – Part 2

This is part 2 reviewing the progress of seventeen railway stations and lines due to open in 2015. This post reviews the progress of the remaining railway stations and lines due to open in the latter half of 2015 as of the beginning of this year.

Part 1 can be found here

Poulton – Fleetwood (Unknown, was Summer 2015)

The Poulton and Wyre Railway Society are undertaking a campaign to restore the station and railway track on a section of line. Thornton Station platform has just been resurfaced and sleepers are being replaced.

Swanage Link (2016, was Summer 2015)

The Swanage Rail Link has been delayed following issues with land ownership and hibernating animals.

Apperley Bridge (August, was August)

Construction has started on site for Apperley Bridge railway station. The station is expected to be completed during August.

Kirkstall Forge (October, was August)

Construction has started on site at Kirkstall Forge. It is expected to open in October.

Oxford Parkway (September, was September)

The structure of the railway station at Oxford Parkway has been completed and internal fitting has commenced. The route serving this station is expected to be completed on time. Oxford Parkway will act as a terminus initially until the final stage into Oxford is commissioned.

Borders Railway (Waverley Route) (September, was September)

Seven new railway stations will be opened when the Borders Railway opens on Sunday 6th September. The line should be handed over to rail operators by June, with staff training expected to take 12 weeks. The final bridge on the railway line has just been installed.

Ilkeston (Late 2015, was Late 2015)

Ilkeston has been delayed following major revisions to the plan to compensate for concerns about site flooding. Work has begin to clear the site but Network Rail is still awaiting planning approval from all of the local councils before progressing with construction.

Low Moor (TBC, was December)

Network Rail are currently progressing with detailed plans for the railway station, which are expected to be completed in July. If all of the land has been procured, construction should start then and the timescales should firm up then.

Lea Bridge (Spring 2016, December (TBC))

Lea Bridge has been delayed following concerns from freight operators about the loss of capacity that the works to deliver Lea Bridge will cause. Despite these issues, Lea Bridge is expected to open in Spring 2016, following the agreement between Network Rail and Waltham Forest Council to deliver the railway station.


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