The Anonymous Widower

Those Canny Yorkshire Folk Seem To be Thinking About More Stations

Different parts of the country seem to have there own preferred ways of expanding their transport network.

Only London can probably afford large projects like Crossrail or Crossrail 2, but several cities like Manchester, Cardiff and Nottingham can make good cases for sensible projects that cost from say a hundred million pounds up to a billion. Projects in this category would include.

Croxley Rail Link to Watford – £230 million – Click for details

Midland Metro extension to New Street – £127 million – Click for details

North West Electrification – £422 million – Click for details

Nottingham Express Transit – Phase 2 – £570 million – Click for details

Valley Lines Electrification – £400 million – Click for details

The costs I have quoted are probably only indicative, as Network Rail have had their problems lately. But I just wanted to show that trains and trams don’t come cheap.

Underneath these large and medium sized projects, there are a large assortment that generally get chosen to suit the problems of an area. For example.

1. East Anglia got the Bacon Factory Curve at Ipswich to sort out delays to all traffic caused by the large number of freight trains going into and out of the Port of Felixstowe.

2. Lancashire got the Todmorden Curve to allow direct trains from Blackburn and Burnley to Manchester Victoria.

3.Warwickshire received funds to develop new stations at Coventry Arena, Bermuda Park and Kenilworth.

So as I said at the start of this post different areas of the country see their own priorities and attempt to get schemes funded.

Sheffield and Manchester for example might promote schemes based on their tram networks, and Leeds and Liverpool might want to expand their successful rail networks.

It is interesting to look at this page, which is a list of current projects on the West Yorkshire Metro.

Three new stations; Apperley Bridge, Kirkstall Forge and Low Moor are either under construction or could be so in the next year or so.

Improvements at major stations in the area are listed and there is even a project to identify places for new stations.

So as I said in the title of this post, it looks like West Yorkshire is hoping new and improved stations will be a successful, practical and affordable  way of bringing more traffic to the network.

They do have a project on the possible introduction of tram-trains in the City. The web site just says this.

Development of a tram-train network for the Leeds city region would be through conversion of existing heavy rail routes and construction of some on-street alignments.

Further consideration will be given following the outcome of a trial in South Yorkshire.

How sensible!

Like many other cities and areas are probably doing, to wait for the trial between Sheffield and Rotherham to show if tram-trains are viable in the UK, is a very good idea.

If what I have seen in Germany is any indication of how the Vossloh tram-trains are introduced and perform, I suspect we’ll be seeing quite a few of their UK variant, the Class 399 tram-train.


July 12, 2015 - Posted by | Travel | , , , ,

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