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Rail (UK) - - Network News - Com­piled by Howard John­ston

WESTERN

Ban­bury: De­spite protests, the 1901 Ban­bury North sig­nal box was de­mol­ished by Network Rail over the week­end of March 25/ 26.

Barn­sta­ple: Devon County Coun­cil has re­ceived char­ity- based Combe Rail’s pre­lim­i­nary find­ings into in­stalling a tramway on the align­ment of the for­mer LSWR Il­fra­combe line as far as Braun­ton. It is 98% in­tact thanks to its con­ver­sion to the Tarka Trail.

High Wy­combe: Wy­combe District Coun­cil has backed a new £100,000 study into the re­open­ing of the rail­way to Bourne End ( closed in 1970). There has been an in­creas­ing amount of re­de­vel­op­ment across the trackbed.

Ply­mouth: Eight years af­ter re­de­vel­op­ment was first dis­cussed, 50 new homes are to be built on the dis­used sid­ings area at Tothill.

Tiver­ton: Park­way sta­tion has 186 new car park­ing spa­ces. Worces­ter: The train crew area at Shrub Hill sta­tion has been ex­panded.

EASTERN

Dar­ling­ton: The lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion at the Head of Steam Mu­seum fea­tures the Har­ro­gate- RiponNorthaller­ton line, which closed in 1967. Else­car: The Else­car Rail­way is bet­ter pre­pared to ex­tend op­er­a­tions to Cor­ton­wood, fol­low­ing

ap­proval to re­open two level cross­ings along the two- mile route.

Mar­ket Rasen: The ap­pli­ca­tion to the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund for £463,000 to ren­o­vate the Grade 2- listed ( al­most derelict) sta­tion has been suc­cess­ful. Work can now pro­ceed to con­vert re­dun­dant ar­eas into com­mu­nity space and busi­ness units. The ne­glected en­trance will have stonework re­placed, win­dows re­paired, and an ex­hi­bi­tion area cre­ated.

New­cas­tle: Ap­proval has been given for the £ 60 mil­lion Gal­low­gate tower block over St James Metro sta­tion. Nexus has warned it will scup­per any plans to ex­tend un­der­ground to the west of the city. Mean­while, the £ 6m re­vamp of New­cas­tle Cen­tral Metro sta­tion is now com­plete. It in­cludes a new es­ca­la­tor to the main line sta­tion.

York: The planned con­ver­sion of Hud­son House rail­way of­fices into homes and busi­ness units has been can­celled. The block, which was only built in the 1960s, is to be de­mol­ished and a new com­plex built in­stead.

MID­LANDS

Long Ea­ton: The Sta­tion Street lat­tice foot­bridge is to be re­moved on April 21 for re­fur­bish­ment. It will be re­turned by the con­trac­tor at the end of June. Long­port: The dis­used Grade 2- listed sta­tion build­ing is to be turned into a Hindu tem­ple. Stoke- on-Trent City Coun­cil has ap­proved the con­ver­sion.

Rugby: The bor­ough coun­cil has se­cured a £ 52,000 grant from the Ve­o­lia En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust, to al­le­vi­ate flood­ing on a 4 ½ - mile sec­tion of the old Great Cen­tral Main Line that has found new use as a na­ture trail.

Ste­wartby: Busi­ness at the Bed­ford- Bletch­ley line sta­tion has been boosted by the open­ing of Kim­ber­ley Col­lege. It has a new wait­ing shel­ter.

NORTH WEST

Bolton: The dis­used Plat­form 5 is be­ing re­in­stated to al­low an in­crease in Manch­ester- Pre­ston ser­vice fre­quen­cies from the end of the year.

Chor­ley: The re­built sta­tion plat­form has been re­turned to full use.

Guide Bridge: The Wood­head Rail­way Her­itage Group has sought per­mis­sion from Network Rail to use one of the dis­used plat­form build­ings to open up a small ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre. It will dis­play items and in­for­ma­tion about the GC Manch­ester-Sheffield elec­tri­fied route ( closed in 1981).

Heaton Park: Manch­ester Metrolink has do­nated track com­po­nents re­cov­ered from the St Peter’s Square re­mod­elling to the Heaton Park Tramway.

Ir­lam: Six miles of the for­mer Cheshire Lines Com­mit­tee route, over the 1892 lat­tice girder Cadishead viaduct over the Manch­ester Ship Canal

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