I ask this question because of this article in Global Rail News, which is entutled Manchester Seeks Station Devolution.
I don’t think there is a simple answer to this question.
As an example take the case of Haggerston station, near to me in London.
But the actual operator is Arriva Rail London, who are paid a fee to run everything by London Overground.
It sounds complicated, but if Transport for London want to add a station, which they haven’t yet, they would decide this with the various London politicians.
Transport for London may not have added a station, but they have promoted the extension of the Northern Line to Battersea Power Station and they are putting the funding together to extend the Bakerloo Line to Lewisham.
So why shouldn’t Manchester and a few other cities have control of their stations?
This is a quote in the article from Jon Lamonte, TfGM’s chief executive.
The recent redevelopment of Irlam rail station has already showcased how our vision can become a reality, demonstrating just what can be achieved when local stations realise their full social and economic potential.
In some ways the local knowledge and control is what is important. If everything is under an elected figurehead like a Mayor or Transport Commissioner, then if it all goes wrong, they will feel the wrath of the electorate.
The problem with ,local control comes, when a decision involves other Local Authorities of perhaps a different political hue.
Suppose in Manchester that for their own perfectly valid reasons, Manchester wanted to move some Liverpool services between Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly stations.
Liverpool might not like this and the problem could rumble on and on.
So who has control of the regional stations has to be chosen with care.
In some ways, it would be a great advantage to both Liverpool and Manchester, if they both ran their stations using the Merseyrail model.
The picture shows two of Marks and Spencer Mini Meals
The ingredients say that they are gluten-free and freezer-friendly, so I put them in my freezer for an emergency meal, if I arrive back home without any food in the fridge and am rather peckish.
I must check to see if all of these mini-meals are gluten-free!
I took these pictures.as I walked from the current Angel Road station to the works, which could be the construction of the new Meridian Water station.
There is obviously a lot of serious work going on in the area, as some of the trains seem to be slowing appreciably.
But most of the work so far, seems to have been setting up the site, moving the signalling cables and generally clearing up the rubbish.
In West Anglia Route Improvement – Modern Railways March 2017, I mentioned that Crossrail 2 might like to have turnback platform at Enfield Lock station.
As this morning, I turned back myself at Enfield Lock station, as it’s the Freedom Pass limit, I took these pictures.
This Google Map shows the middle of the station.
If you look at the West side of the station by the Down line, you’ll notice the house, which from the pictures could be a candidate for demolition.
So I do think, it might be possible to squeeze an extra platform, by the Down Line.
This Google Map shows the Southern end of the platforms.
The space available would certainly be enough for an extra platform, but will there be enough for two fast lines between the current Up Line and the houses?
I suspect that there is, if the current lines could be moved slightly to the West.
But as at Tottenham Hale and Brimsdown, fitting the two fast lines through \Enfield Lock, is going to need a cunning plan.
I took these pictures of the works between Lea Bridge and Enfield Lock stations from the 09:06 train from Lea Bridge.
Work seems to be progressing.
- It looks like the area to the South of the Chingford Line is being levelled.
- The route of the Hall Farm Curve is being cleared.
- The level crossing at Coppermill Lane has been closed.
- The bridges are being rebuilt to take at least a single-track.
- The track-bed appears to be being created.
Incidentally, there still isn’t any sign of any overhead line equipment.