Published 21st May 2013
The Government’s Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that bids have been accepted to build four new railway stations at a cost of £20million. They will provide new facilities for smaller towns in England and Wales and will be paid for via the Network Rail (NR) managed new stations fund.
Part of the decision criteria is that the projects are ‘ready to go’ having been pre-planned by local authorities and other stakeholders and can be delivered quickly providing long-term benefits to passengers and the economy.
Lea Bridge located on the Lea Valley line between Tottenham Hale and Stratford which will be equipped with two platforms, a new footbridge and lifts, station canopy, ticket vending machines, Oyster readers, waiting shelters, help points and cycle storage. The scheme is costed at £6.5m including £1million from the DfT and scheme sponsor, London Borough of Waltham Forest will now work with Network Rail to finalise station plans.
Ilkeston on the Erewash Valley line between Nottingham and Langley Mill and will have two six car long platforms and will have waiting shelters, a car park with 150 parking spaces, including disabled parking, cycle storage, drop off point and taxi rank.
Both platforms at the station costing £6.5m, including £4.5million from the DfT, will have ramped and stepped access to and from the footbridge and the car park. The station will be unstaffed but have ticket machines and waiting areas on each platform with customer information screens, passenger help points, and CCTV.
In Devon, Newcourt station will be built on the Exmouth Branch between Digby and Sowton and Topsham with a single platform, passenger shelter, ticket machine, secure cycle parking and CCTV. The £1.44m station will be 50% funded by the DfT and served by a half hourly stopping service between Exeter and Exmouth.
The successful re-opened line between Cardiff and Ebbw Valley runs through the outskirts of Newport but does not connect with the town. This will be rectified by a single platform station at Pye Corner near Rogerstone and Bassaleg to the west of Newport. The station will have a help point, ticket machine, CCTV, customer information screens and a 70 capacity car park and cost £3.5m, including a £2.5million contribution from the DfT.
All of the new stations are planning to open before the end of 2014.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said about Newcourt station:
“Funding this new station illustrates our commitment to working with community and national partners to meet local transport needs that not only deliver real benefits to passengers but also improves the network.
“This is another example of the government’s determination to transform the railways as we continue to push forward with the biggest programme of rail investment ever.”
First Great Western’s MD Mark Hopwood said:
“First Great Western are delighted that the Department for Transport has approved Devon County Council’s bid for a new station at Newcourt.
“The growth in rail travel in Devon is amongst the highest in the country.
“We have a strong partnership here with the council, the community and our industry partners. “We now look forward to working with them to develop the new station, and to secure further improvements for our customers.”
Birmingham New Street has reached a major milestone in its redevelopment and there are revised arrangements now in place. Several entrances have now closed such as the Navigation St footbridge, the Smallbrook Queensway which was the old main entrance.
These have been replaced by new entrances at Stephenson St (for Victoria Square) and at Hill St. A new walkway from Smallbrook Queensway has been installed which takes passengers to Stephenson Street but takes five minutes longer than previous arrangements.
The car and taxi drop-off point has also been changed and is now just off Hill St, sat nav code B5 4AH. The short stay car park is beyond the drop off point with access from Hill Street.
The taxi rank remains on Navigation Street but the drop off point has moved to Hill Street. There are racks for 40 bikes under cover on the new walkway connecting Stephenson St with Smallbrook Queensway.
Accessibility improvements have been made with new lifts and escalators to all platforms except 12b which can be reached via platform 12a if needed. There is now level access from the street to all platforms and new escalators linking the concourse and The Pallasades.