Connecting Communities – Five Years On

Connecting Communities – Five Years On is a mini series that marks the fifth anniversary since the publication of the Connecting Communities report by ATOC in June 2009. It reviews the progress of the stations and lines proposed in the report.

A number of projects have made substantial progress (with Ilkeston and Kenilworth funded and due to open shortly), whilst others have not made any progress towards opening.



Railway Lines


As of June 2014, these tables summarise the progress made on the named projects.


Three of the seven railway stations proposed are expected to open in the next three years.

Rushden (Northamptonshire)No Progress
Peterlee (County Durham)2016
Kenilworth (Warwickshire)2016
Ilkeston (Derbyshire)2014
Clay Cross (Derbyshire)Support but little progress
Ossett (W Yorkshire)WYCA Review due mid 2014
Wantage (Oxfordshire)Support and some progress

Railway Lines

A number of the proposals have received substantial investment in terms of studies. Unfortunately, none of them have had strong enough business cases to proceed to construction at this stage but a small number are looking promising for delivery over the next five years.

OrderRailway LineBCRSummary
1Hythe4.8GRIP3. Now parked
2Brixham3No interest
3Bordon1.9GRIP3. Now parked
4Fleetwood1.8Local Council exploring options
5Rawtenstall1.8Local Council exploring options
6Aldridge1.7LEP looking into funding
7Brownhills1.7Very little interest
8Cranleigh1.7Very little interest. Local Council Reviewed options in 90’s
9Ringwood1.5No interest
10Washington (Leamside)1.4LEP/PTE looking at options
11Leicester to Burton1.3Very little interest. Local Council reviewed options in 2008
12Skelmesdale1.1LEP/PTE looking at options to deliver this
13Ashington and Blyth1.1Priced option in Northern Rail Franchise consultation
14Wisbech1.1Council/MP looking at options and campaigning
19Portishead*Station Location Consultation open at moment. Due 2019.

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