Rail (UK)

MORE AMBITIONS NEVER RE­ALISED

- France · NYU Langone Medical Center · Metropolitan Borough of Stockport · Manchester · Grenoble · Manchester International Airport · City of Durham

Coven­try ( De­cem­ber 1990): City Coun­cil and Cen­tro of­fi­cials have re­turned from a visit to the LRT sys­tem at Greno­ble, in France, and are com­mit­ted to a sim­i­lar net­work. There are pro­pos­als for four lines ra­di­at­ing from the city cen­tre.

There are solid plans for ul­tra light tran­sit from the sta­tion to Univer­sity Hospi­tal, but a 2024 open­ing seems op­ti­mistic.

Stock­port ( Novem­ber 2000): The Greater Manch­ester Pas­sen­ger Trans­port Ex­ec­u­tive has been given sanc­tion to ap­ply for Govern­ment con­sent to build a £ 90m ex­ten­sion of Metrolink.

Tram seems to go ev­ery­where around Manch­ester nowa­days… ex­cept Stock­port. Metrolink was back on the agenda again in Jan­uary - just be­fore COVID19 drained away po­ten­tial fi­nance.

Bow­burn ( De­cem­ber 2010): Con­tracts have been ex­changed for the new 540- acre Durham In­ter­na­tional Rail Freight In­ter­change next to Junc­tion 61 of the A1( M), in­clud­ing a busi­ness park, ho­tels and of­fices. It will cre­ate 7,000 jobs.

Dream on… the ter­mi­nal was never built and rail no longer fea­tures in plans for the site, which has shrunk in size by half. When it opens, the prin­ci­pal oc­cu­pant will be Ama­zon, which is of­fer­ing em­ploy­ment for 1,000 peo­ple.

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