The government has announced a new strategy for rail that suggests support to restore railway lines and stations from the government. The strategic vision for rail has made reference to a number of schemes on their radar that reflect the position of the government. These includes Reading Green Park, East West Rail, Cambridge South and Bicester Garden Town.
Some examples of proposals currently being looked at and candidates for further consideration, include:
- Bristol to Portishead and Bristol to Henbury (part of the MetroWest project promoted by the West of England Combined Authority)
- Routes connecting Exeter to Okehampton and Bere Alston to Tavistock (promoted by Devon County Council)
- Reopening the Ashington-Blyth-Tyne line to passenger services (promoted by Northumberland County Council)
- Opportunities around Birmingham (being considered by Transport for the West Midlands).
- Plans are also being developed for four new stations in the West Yorkshire area: Elland, Thorpe Park, White Rose and Leeds Bradford International Airport Parkway.