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Restoring Your Railway: Successful Bids

As of the 26th of November, this is the list of successful bids, which are detailed on this page of the Government web site.

To Reinstate The Passing Loop Between St Albans Abbey And Watford Junction (Abbey Line)

See Reinstatement Of The Abbey Line Between St Albans Abbey And Watford Junction

To Re-open The Meir station between Stoke-On-Trent And North Staffordshire

See Reopening Meir Railway Station Between Stoke-On-Trent And North Staffordshire

To Reintroduce Passenger Services On The Leicester To Burton (Ivanhoe) Line

See Reinstatement Of The Ivanhoe Line

Reopened Lines And New Passenger Services, Melton Mowbray – Nottingham

See Beeching Reversal – Increased Services To Nottingham And Leicester, via Syston And Loughborough From Melton Mowbray

Reopened Lines And New Passenger Services, Alfreton – Ashfield (Maid Marian Line)

See Beeching Reversal – Reconnecting Ashfield Communities Through The Maid Marian Line

Reopened Lines And New Passenger Services, Stratford Upon Avon – Honeybourne – Worcester/Oxford

See Beeching Reversal – Reopening Stratford-upon-Avon And Honeybourne-Worcester/Oxford (SWO) Railway Line

Reopened Lines And New Passenger Services, Consett-Newcastle

See Beeching Reversal – Consett-Newcastle Connection

New Station At Ferryhill, Ferryhill – Stockton-on-Tees

See Beeching Reversal – Ferryhill Station Reopening

To Reinstate The Bury-Heywood-Rochdale Lines

See Reinstatement Of The Bury-Heywood-Rochdale Lines

To Reintroduce Passenger Services Between Clitheroe and Hellifield And Explore Freight Options

See Reinstatement Of The Clitheroe To Hellifield Railway Line

Enhanced Existing Passenger Services, Preston – Blackpool South

See Beeching Reversal – South Fylde Line Passing Loop

Reopened lines And New Passenger Services, Bolton-Radcliffe / Bolton-Bury

See Beeching Reversal – Reinstatement of Bolton-Radcliffe / Bolton – Bury

New Station At Beeston Castle And Tarporley, Crewe – Chester

See Beeching Reversal – Reinstating Beeston Castle And Tarporley Station

To reinstate Branch Lines On The Isle of Wight

See Reinstatement Of Branch Lines On The Isle Of Wight

To Introduce Passenger Services On The Totton-Fawley (Waterside) Line

See Special Train Offers A Strong Case For Reopening Fawley Line

To Re-open Of Wellington and Cullompton Stations

See Reopening Of Wellington and Cullompton Stations

To Reinstate Rail Access To Devizes Via A New Station At Lydeway

See Reinstatement Of Rail Access To Devizes Via A New Station At Lydeway

New Station At St Anne’s Park, Bristol Temple Meads – Bath Spa

See Beeching Reversal – St Anne’s Park Station

Enhanced Existing Passenger Services, Truro – Falmouth

New Station At Langport And Somerton, Castle Cary – Taunton

Reopened Lines And New Passenger Services, Kemble – Cirencester

See Beeching Reversal – Cirencester Community Railway

Reopened Lines And New Passenger Services, Wareham – Swanage

See A Visit To The Swanage Railway

To Reintroduce Passenger Services On The Barrow Hill Line Between Sheffield And Chesterfield

See Reinstatement Of The Barrow Hill Line Between Sheffield And Chesterfield

Reopened Lines And New Passenger Services, Gainsborough – Barton

See Beeching Reversal – Restoring A South Humber Link

New Station At Waverley, Sheffield – Chesterfield

See Beeching Reversal – A New Station At Waverley In Sheffield

Summarising The Bids

In total, there are twenty-five successful bids.

Stations

There are nine possible new or rebuilt station projects.

Note.

  1. Only two are in new locations.
  2. None seem to be challenging sites and some seem to have the remains of previous stations.
  3. I am fairly sure, that all stations are on double-track railways.
  4. Cullompton and Wellington stations could be a single project.

These are typical costs from the last few years for typical two platform stations on a double-track railway.

Meridian Water, which was a large four-track station cost £46 million.

Line Reopenings

There are thirteen lines that could be reopened for passenger services.

Note.

  1. Several of the tracks are already in place and used for freight.
  2. Full electrification is not involved in any proposed scheme.
  3. Few, if any bridges and no tunnels are needed.
  4. Some will share lines with well-run heritage railways.

There will probably be some new stations. As examples, I would suggest Cirencester, Consett and intermediate stations on the Ivanhoe Line.

Enhanced Passenger Services

There are four bids, to enhance passenger services.

  • Abbey Line
  • Clitheroe and Hellifield
  • Preston and Blackpool South
  • Truro – Falmouth

Note.

  1. Small amounts of new infrastructure may be needed.
  2. Some extra trains may be needed.

None should be challenging.

Conclusion

The successful bids are a sensible collection of ones to progress.

None are outrageously difficult.

 

December 10, 2020 - Posted by | Transport |

1 Comment »

  1. DfT have just published the list of Round 3 bids https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/969125/restoring-your-railway-all-bids.csv/preview A wide range. It’ll be interesting to see which ones are selected.

    Comment by Peter Robins | March 16, 2021 | Reply


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