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News update from the UK Rail Industry for October 2018

Posted by: Warren Drobac
Industry News

Three UK Railways Among the Beneficiaries of Funding Allocations

Three UK railways were recently announced to be among the beneficiaries of funding allocations in the budget that was presented to parliament. The three railways are Northern Powerhouse Rail, East West Rail and the Docklands Light Railway.
The budget allocates £37 million for development of the Northern Powerhouse Rail concept for upgraded rail services across the whole of northern England. This builds on an existing £300m that has been committed to ensure HS2 infrastructure can accommodate Northern Powerhouse Rail and Midlands Engine services.  Read the full story



High Speed 2 Plans to Transform Leeds Station Have Been Approved by the Council

Councillors recently endorsed a new “milestone” plan that will transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds City Council executive board approved the strategic outline business case which detailed the plans to transform the rail station. The plans could potentially “maximise the potential of high-speed rail” in the region.
The detailed transformational plans for the rail station will “maximise the potential of high-speed rail” in the region. The strategic outline business case was approved by the Leeds City Council executive board. At the meeting, the senior councillors agreed that the future development of the site was imperative for a “fully-integrated, modern station” in the heart of Leeds.
The HS2 route approaches the station through Hunslet using the Woddlesford route and rise on a viaduct from the city end of Dewsbury Road. Councillor Judith Blake, leader of the Leeds City Council, said that the project will become an “incredibly important milestone in what will be nothing less than a transformational opportunity for the Leeds economy and that of the wider region. Our asks to government for the station are absolutely pivotal to unleashing the potential for HS2 to bring jobs, growth and hugely improved connectivity to the area.”
The council mentions that Leed station is the key to the north’s future economic growth and will provide access to the whole of the north in addition to Scotland. The situation is one of the busiest in the north of England and sees roughly 31 million passengers per year. This is expected to grow an additional 135% over the next three decades.  Read the full story

Consultation on “Transformational” Plan to Remove Britain’s Worst Railway Bottleneck and Provide a Step-Change in Reliability Announced

Network Rail announced that a public consultation will take place throughout November and December on proposals that could remove the notorious “Croydon bottleneck” that regularly causes delays for up to 300,000 passengers each day. The “Croydon bottleneck” is the busiest area of the Brighton Main Line and one of Britain’s most congested rail networks.
If the consultations are approved, the scheme will see additional tracks constructed in the Croydon area with extra platforms at an expanded and modernised East Croydon station. In addition, a series of new railway flyovers will replace the current “spaghetti junction” near the station where lines from the south coast, Sussex and Surrey meet those to and from London Victoria, London Bridge and beyond.
These upgrade proposals are a key part of Network Rail’s long-term strategy that hopes to support and drive UK economic growth. If the plan is successful, it will provide reliable, fast and frequent rail services for an increasing number of people travelling by rail.  Read the full story


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