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Beeching Reversal: Fifty Disused Rail Lines On Track To Reopen

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in The Times

This is the introductory paragraph.

The reopening of up to 50 disused railway lines or stations will be considered as part of a reversal of the infamous Beeching cuts, it was announced yesterday.


The Possible Projects

These are the various projects, shown as an index by area, so you can click to find out more.

Yorkshire and Humberside

Reinstatement of the Beverley to York Rail Line
Restoration Of A Daily Train Service On The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Upper Wensleydale Railway
Restoring Passenger Rail to the Sheaf Valley
Restoring a South Humber Link
South Yorkshire Joint Railway
New Station At Waverley


Reopening Stratford-upon-Avon to Honeybourne-Worcester/Oxford (SWO) Railway Line
More Stopping Services At Radcliffe-on-Trent And Bottesford Stations On The Poacher Line Between Grantham And Nottingham
Increased Services To Nottingham And Leicester, via Syston And Loughborough From Melton Mowbray
Reconnecting Ashfield Communities through the Maid Marian Line


Magor And Undy Walkway Station
Restoring services on the Anglesey Central Railway between Gaerwen and Amlych

South West

Shepton Mallet (Mendip Vale)
Radstock railway reinstatement
St Anne’s Park station
Primrose Line
Transforming the Newquay Line
Mid Cornwall Metro
Restoring secondary services on the Great Western Main Line
Goodrington and Churston Stations
New station for Langport and Somerton Area
Charfield Station
Reinstatement of Bodmin-Wadebridge Railway and associated works
Increased service provision Bodmin General-Bodmin Parkway
Ashburton & Buckfastleigh junction railway
Bristol West capacity enhancement
Light railway extension to the Barnstaple Branch (Chivenor Braunton) “TawLink”
Cirencester Community Rail Project
Project Wareham – Complete The Link

South East

Arundel Chord
Re-Opening of Camberwell Station
Unlocking Capacity And Services Through Bramley (Hants)
Aston Rowant Extension Of The Chinnor Railway
Carshalton Beeches Step-Free Access

North West

South Fylde Line Passing Loop
Kenyon Junction Station
Reopening Golborne Railway Station
Reinstatement of Bolton-Radcliffe / Bolton – Bury
Reinstating Beeston Castle and Tarporley Railway Station
Reopen Midge Hall Station
Re-Doubling Of The Mid Cheshire Line Between Stockport And Altrincham And Associated Station Reopenings
Stockport and Ashton Line
Glazebrook Junction And Skelton Junction
East Didsbury – Stockport

North East

Consett-Newcastle connection
Ferryhill restoration


Reopening Wymondham-Dereham Line
King’s Lynn to Hunstanton Railway

A Few Rules

I think we should apply a few rules to the bids and the subsequent projects, that will be developed.

Schemes Should Not Use Diesel Trains Long Term

We are aiming to decarbonise trains by 2040. So let’s not make that more difficult.

All New Stations Should Be Step-Free

This one is obvious.

July 1, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , | 47 Comments

Ryse Hydrogen-Suttons Tankers Partnership To Supply Hydrogen To Transport for London

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on H2 View.

From reading the article, it looks like London’s new hydrogen buses will be on the road by the end of the year.

Sadly, in some ways, the hydrogen will have to be driven from Runcorn, as the Herne Bay electrolyser won’t be completed for a couple of years.

I would assume, that the hydrogen is coming from the plant where I worked around 1970, or more likely its successor.

July 1, 2020 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

How Do You Save Clean Energy? This Company Plans To Pump It Underground

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Grist.

This sentence, introduces a company called Quidnet Energy.

Last week, Quidnet, a Houston, Texas-based company, announced that it lined up a contract with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority to construct a pilot project for its “Geomechanical Pumped Storage” technology.

Reading the article, the following points can be made.

  • Quidnet is a new take on pumped storage.
  • Instead of using expensive land to store water, the water is pumped underground from a supply pond into a well.
  • It uses pumped storage supply chains and expertise.
  • Quidnet is backed by a Bill Gates energy fund.
  • About sixty percent of US power markets have the right type of rock.

The article finishes by comparing these systems with lithium-ion batteries, which double in cost every time you want to double the capacity.

Cut technology like from Form Energy, Highview Power and Quidnet might be a lot simpler.

This is very much an a must-read article.

July 1, 2020 Posted by | Energy Storage | , | Leave a comment