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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

Midlands

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

Wales

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

East

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 | ,

39 Comments »

  1. I have serious doubts on the viability of Kings Lynn to Hunstanton, and public transport improvements in the area could be achieved by better bus provision (more, regular, aligned for multimodal interchange, using proven BYD/Dennis EV buses, and some priority schemes, maybe with a new out out town parkway/park and ride train station).

    If demand is proven then use a tram train to work around loss of trackbed and bring service to where people boarded buses rather than traditional out of town train station location.

    Good article on Eastern Daily press website (with good comments stream).

    Comment by MilesT | July 2, 2020 | Reply

  2. the official list is at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/re-opening-beeching-era-lines-and-stations/re-opening-beeching-era-lines-and-stations There’s no mention of how many will be successful – it was ten in the last round – but some of those listed have nothing to do with reversing Beeching, and I would have thought they’ll be passed on elsewhere. I would have thought line reopenings which are simply adding passenger services to existing freight lines would stand the best chance, as they could be ready by the next election! (sorry, being cynical again)

    Comment by Peter Robins | July 3, 2020 | Reply

  3. They are a varied bunch and when I’ve written about a few more, I will be able to make more serious statements.

    Some seem to have been proposed by MPs. But why not? They should know their patch well!

    Some like the Arundel Chord seem rail industry led.

    A surprising number of projects involve heritage railways. But the Chnnor project seems worthwhile.

    Comment by AnonW | July 3, 2020 | Reply

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