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GREAT WEST­ERN

Cul­ham: A mu­seum has been set up in the main build­ing of the Did­cot- Ban­bury line sta­tion. It is open to vis­i­tors by ap­point­ment ( www.cul­ham­sta­tion.co.uk).

Port­way: Con­struc­tion has be­gun on the new £ 2.23 mil­lion park- and- ride sta­tion near Avon­mouth. It will take two years to com­plete.

Rad­stock: The North Som­er­set Rail­way group is ne­go­ti­at­ing with Rail­way Paths for joint use of the for­ma­tion into the town from Great Elm, near Frome. Taun­ton: There is no prospect of a reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger ser­vice over the West Som­er­set Rail­way to Mine­head, be­cause Som­er­set County Coun­cil says it can­not cur­rently af­ford a de­tailed fea­si­bil­ity study.

EAST­ERN

Al­nwick: The Aln Val­ley Rail­way has laid half a mile of track to­wards Al­n­mouth, some of it on the for­ma­tion of the former North East­ern route. Its next tar­gets are to dou­ble the length of run­ning line by reach­ing Cawledge Viaduct, and then cre­ate a run­round loop and plat­form at Green­rigg.

Barnard Cas­tle: A dis­pute with a farmer over the price de­manded for a short sec­tion of the former rail­way route to Bishop Auck­land has halted work on its con­ver­sion into a walk­ing route. A com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der may now be im­posed to se­cure it. The sec­ond phase of the South West Durham Her­itage Cor­ri­dor Project, also known as the Tees­dale Rights of Way Im­prove­ments, it fol­lows the suc­cess of the Pethrow- Cock­field Fell sec­tion opened in 2015.

Leeds: The cost of con­vert­ing the mile- long Hol­beck Viaduct ( last used in 1988) into a walk­way has been es­ti­mated at £ 2 mil­lion. Work could start in 2023.

Pick­er­ing: Po­lice have ar­rested two 17- year- olds in con­nec­tion with the van­dal at­tack on eight LNER coaches at the North York­shire Moors Rail­way on July 22/ 23. It is planned to house the coaches se­curely un­der cover next year.

Sun­der­land: The Sta­dium of Light sta­tion next to Sun­der­land’s foot­ball ground has been decked out in red and white to co­in­cide with the start of the 201718 sea­son, and to cel­e­brate 20 years since the club’s move from Roker Park.

MID­LANDS

Leek: Stafford­shire Moor­lands Dis­trict Coun­cil has now for­mally agreed to sub­mit a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to re­in­state the rail­way from Leek­brook to Corn­hill. The trackbed will be leased to the Chur­net Val­ley Rail­way Trust for the con­struc­tion, op­er­a­tion and man­age­ment of the former North Stafford­shire line.

Not­ting­ham: As a re­sult of the new ex­ten­sions to Clifton and To­ton Lane, Not­ting­ham Ex­press Tran­sit has recorded its largest rise in pas­sen­ger num­bers dur­ing 2016-17 - up by four mil­lion to 16.4 mil­lion ( an in­crease of 35%).

To­ton: Six high- speed plat­forms are en­vis­aged at the new HS2 sta­tion, with an­other four for other ser­vices. It would be con­nected to Not­ting­ham by an ex­ten­sion of the tram sys­tem.

Wolver­hamp­ton: Mid­land Metro track re­place­ment be­tween Pri­est­field and St. Ge­orge’s is ahead of sched­ule, and could be com­pleted be­fore the an­nounced De­cem­ber date.

NORTH WEST

Buck­ley: The own­ers of the rail- served Han­son Ce­ment works on the Wrex­ham- Bid­ston line are seek­ing a £ 20 mil­lion up­grade to se­cure its fu­ture.

Bux­ton: The pe­ti­tion to re­open the former Mid­land Peak route to Mat­lock is close to reach­ing the 10,000- sig­na­ture to­tal needed to trig­ger a re­sponse from the Gov­ern­ment. It is hoped that a new fea­si­bil­ity study will be com­mis­sioned.

Goost­rey: The gi­ant tele­scope at Jo­drell Bank, along­side the Manch­ester- Crewe line and re­puted to in­cor­po­rate re­cy­cled steam lo­co­mo­tive wheels in its ro­ta­tion sys­tem, has been awarded Grade 1 listed sta­tus.

Hor­wich: Bell­way Homes has out­lined its scheme for the first 112 homes on the site of the closed Hor­wich Works. An­other 1,600 are planned. SOUTH­ERN

Bas­ingstoke: This year marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the un­ex­pected clo­sure of the Bas­ingstoke & Al­ton Light Rail­way, whose track was lifted in 1917 to sup­port the war ef­fort. It was re­in­stated seven years later, but lack of busi­ness led to the route’s fi­nal demise in June 1936. Its fi­nal mo­ment in the spot­light was be­ing cho­sen as the film­ing lo­ca­tion of the Will Hay com­edy Oh Mr Porter!

Cam­ber­well: More than 1,800 peo­ple have signed the pe­ti­tion to re­open the former LCDR sta­tion, which is al­ready sub­ject to a study ini­ti­ated by Trans­port for Lon­don.

Wil­ton: The long- run­ning de­bate over re­open­ing the sta­tion on the out­skirts of Sal­is­bury as a parkand- ride fa­cil­ity has been restarted by Wilt­shire County Coun­cil. It might cost £ 5.5 mil­lion. ANGLIA Cam­bridge: Pro­pos­als for the new Ad­den­brooke’s sta­tion do not fea­ture a car park. There will, how­ever, be spa­ces for cy­cles and good bus links. Ip­swich: Over nine miles of track on the East Suf­folk Line to Halesworth were re­placed in a full pos­ses­sion be­tween July 29 and Au­gust 6.

Sal­house: The cost of con­struct­ing a bridge over the Sher­ing­ham line has pushed up the cost of the Nor­wich north­ern re­lief road by £ 37 mil­lion.

St Ives: Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil is tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against con­trac­tors over the spi­ralling cost of re­pairs to the guided busway, which runs on a con­crete sur­face laid over the trackbed of the former Great East­ern branch. SCOT­LAND

Aberdeen: Pro­pos­als to re­build the rail­way to Peter­head and Fraser­burgh ( closed in 1979) have been promised de­bat­ing time at the Scot­tish Na­tional Party an­nual con­fer­ence in Glas­gow on Oc­to­ber 8-10.

East Lin­ton: Although East Loth­ian Coun­cil and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment have found the £11.1 mil­lion needed to re­open the sta­tion, it is now sug­gested that the open­ing date could be 2024 - three years later than pre­vi­ously sug­gested. This is be­cause Net­work Rail’s up­grade pro­gramme for the East Coast Main Line has to be car­ried out at the same time. A new £10.63m sta­tion at nearby Re­ston will be sim­i­larly af­fected.

Glas­gow: Shields Road and Bridge Street have been se­lected by Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship for Trans­port as the next Sub­way sta­tions to un­dergo re­fur­bish­ment. Nine are al­ready com­plete, and the fi­nal phase will cover St Ge­orges Cross, Cow­cad­dens, West Street and Kin­ning Park sta­tions.

Kinnaber: The with­drawal of Perth- Aberdeen pas­sen­ger ser­vices over the in­land Cale­do­nian line, 50 years ago on Septem­ber 4, elim­i­nated part of the route of the fa­mous 1895 Races to the North. Freight con­tin­ued be­tween Stan­ley Junc­tion and For­far un­til 1982.

To­matin: The 1,312ft viaduct on the High­land Main Line over the River Find­horn ( opened in 1897) is re­ceiv­ing re­pairs to its steel­work, as well as wa­ter­proof­ing and re­paint­ing. WALES

Aberys­t­wyth: The Vale of Rhei­dol Rail­way has been awarded £ 250,000 by the Coastal Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, to con­vert a long- stored car­riage for use by the dis­abled, and to re­cruit two new ap­pren­tices.

Newtown: An ad­di­tional £ 200,000 has been re­ceived to con­struct a walk­ing/ cy­cle path link­ing the Powys sta­tion with the town cen­tre, bus sta­tion and a hous­ing es­tate.

Talerd­dig: A mile and a half of new road with two bridges is be­ing built at Ystrad Fawr and Rallt, to al­low the clo­sure of eight cross­ings on the Cen­tral Wales Line.

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