2017 has been a rollercoaster year for rail reopenings. A number of proposals have moved forward, some following years of hiatus caused by factors outside of their control. Other proposals have experienced setbacks following developments and studies.
The national rail network welcomed three additional railway stations in 2017. Ilkeston and Low Moor opened in April and Cambridge North opened in May. This brought the number of railway stations on the national rail network up to 2,563. The Ordsall chord opened in December boosting connecting in the north of England and the relocated station at Forres opened in October. Finally Swanage-Wareham started to host regular passenger services. The new railway stations have been transformative for their communities with regular services to major cities nearby. Stations opened in recent years are already pushing for additional services and car parking spaces.
2017 saw a number of railway station proposals receive formal approval. Round 2 of the New Stations Fund finally confirmed five proposals, whilst permissions and agreements were granted for other railway stations.
The website has experienced a surge in interest compared to 2016, with over 10,000 page views per month and the number of visitors has increased by 60%. There is plenty of interest keeping up to date with the latest news on proposed rail schemes and stations across the UK and I look forward to keeping you up to date through 2018. If you spot any news and developments on any proposed railway stations and lines, please get in touch.
Happy New Year!
Thank you for visiting trundleage.co.uk