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Government fund announced for more new stations

Government fund announced for more new stations

A number of railway stations axed in the Beeching Cuts of the 1960s could be brought back to life with the help of new funds announced by the Department for Transport.

The £20 million fund could also see more new stations being built across the network, helping to address unmet needs in various areas, such as locations where lines formerly ran through sparsely populated areas but where new housing developments would now justify a station. The new stations would also aid further housing development and create jobs thanks to the improvements in transport links.

Rail minister Paul Maynard said: "Through this fund, passengers will benefit from new connections and faster journeys, making it easier to get to work and visit friends and family. It will also provide a major boost for local economies and support the delivery of local housing developments."

It is the second injection of cash into creating new branch line stations around England and Wales, and will meet 75 per cent of the cost of the new stations. The first tranche led to the construction of stations at Newcourt in Devon, Pye Corner in Newport, south Wales and Lea Bridge in London.

Elsewhere, Ilkeston and Kenilworth are also to get new stations for the first time since the 1960s. In the latter case construction work began last month, while work is ongoing in Ilkeston.

Director of stations at Network Rail Norrie Courts noted that the Kenilworth scheme will mean one of the largest towns in England without a railway station now has one.

He observed: "The re-opening of the Kenilworth station, which closed in 1965, will allow residents easier access to Coventry and Birmingham but also help bring in shoppers and visitors to this historic town."

The department has set a deadline of November 18th for interested parties, including local councils and train operating companies, to submit bids. The successful applications will be announced in the new year.

Source: DfT

 

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