Sixteen bids to third round of New Stations Fund

Sixteen bids for proposed railway stations were submitted to the latest round of the New Stations Fund following a Freedom of Information request. The scheme offered contributions towards the delivery of railway stations on the existing railway network.

Over £16.8m of funding was allocated to five proposals on 25 November. Edginswell was the largest beneficiary with £7.9m of funding. Thanet Parkway was allocated £3.4m and St Clears received £4.7m. Haxby and Deeside each received £400k of development funding.

Eleven schemes have not received any funding from the New Station Fund 3 scheme at the moment.

Ashley Down – located between Bristol Temple Meads and Fulton Abbey Wood, this station would have benefited from the developing MetroWest network including new services towards Henbury

Carno – located on the Cambrian line through mid Wales between Caersws and Machynlleth, it is one of the leading contenders in Wales. Successful delivery of the station here is expected to require infrastructure enhancements or timetable changes to accommodate the station stop

Charfield – located between Yate and Cam & Dursley on the Bristol-Birmingham line

Cheadle – this station would be located on the mid-Cheshire line between Stockport and Altrincham. It would be located near Alexandra Hospital

Ely Mill – Also known as Victoria Park, this station would be located on the Cardiff suburban railway network between Ninian Park and Waun-gron Park. It was one of the leading contenders for further investigation in Wales

Magor and Undy – Located between Bristol and Newport

Marsh Barton – located on the mainline between Exeter and Plymouth, this station would sit between Exeter St Thomas and Starcross

St James – this station would service the Baltic Triangle area to the south of Liverpool city centre between Liverpool Central and Brunswick

Thorpe Park – located east of Leeds, this station would serve the substantial Thorpe Park development and act as a gateway towards the substantial expansion to the east of Leeds

White Rose – located on the Leeds – Huddersfield line, this station would serve Millshaw Business Park and the White Rose shopping and business park nearby

Wixams – Featuring in all three rounds of the New Stations Fund and fulfilling a promise made as part of housing developments, this station would sit on the Midland Mainline south of Bedford

The full list enables the identification of bidding strategies for some organisations. Wales has submitted bids for the four schemes that were put forward for further work in their prioritisation scheme and their relative success in this round demonstrates the benefit of region/country-wide analysis of proposed schemes and maintenance of a scheme pipeline. Authorities with plans to increase the number of stations in their region submitted 1-3 bids for their most advanced schemes. Two established schemes with applications to previous rounds of the New Stations Fund also submitted bids.

Canopy shadows on railway station platforms (taken at quirky angle)

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