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WESTERN

Brat­ton Flem­ing: The for­mer Lyn­ton & Barn­sta­ple station has been se­cured for fu­ture rail­way use, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful deal with the pri­vate owner. A pre­vi­ous sale fell through and L& B property com­pany Ex­moor As­so­ciates raised the funds to safe­guard it. It will be leased to a ten­ant un­til it is re­quired.

Great Malvern: The Rail­way Her­itage Trust has awarded £ 3,808 to­wards con­vert­ing the station clock to elec­tric op­er­a­tion. The old mech­a­nism will be put on pub­lic dis­play.

Mor­timer: Great Western Rail­way’s ap­pli­ca­tion to cre­ate a 150- space car park close to the station has been ap­proved by West Berk­shire Coun­cil plan­ners.

Read­ing: The open­ing date of the new Green Park station close to the Made­jski Sta­dium has now been put back to late sum­mer 2021 at the ear­li­est.

Wash­ford: The West Som­er­set Rail­way has re­scinded the evic­tion of its ten­ant the Som­er­set and Dorset Rail­way Trust from the station and yard. WSR no longer en­vis­ages want­ing ex­clu­sive use, so has of­fered a new ten- year lease in­stead.

EAST­ERN

Big­gleswade: Some of the £ 70 mil­lion re­leased by the Gov­ern­ment for lo­cal projects will be spent on im­prov­ing ac­cess to the station.

Dews­bury: The station will re­ceive a share of the £ 750,000 area im­prove­ment grants se­cured by Kirklees Coun­cil.

Sand­send: For­mer Mid- Hants Rail­way Mk 1 TSO coach 4606 has been moved to the station for con­ver­sion into a hol­i­day home. It has most re­cently been used as a restau­rant at Nut­bourne.

Sleaford: Uses are be­ing sought for empty ac­com­mo­da­tion on the is­land plat­form, with sup­port from the Rail­way Her­itage Trust and East Mid­lands Rail­way. Stair­foot: De­cem­ber 12 marks the 150th an­niver­sary of the death of 15 pas­sen­gers at the South York­shire station, when a sta­tion­ary train was struck from the rear by 12 run­away wag­ons. The wag­ons had been shunted and parked on a steep gra­di­ent with only one brake, which failed. They had reached 40mph at the mo­ment of the col­li­sion one and a half miles away.

MID­LANDS

Aws­worth: Com­ple­tion of the con­ver­sion of the iron- girder Mid­land Rail­way Ben­ner­ley Viaduct into a walk­ing and cy­cling route seems as­sured, fol­low­ing a grant of £165,201 from His­toric Eng­land. The Rail­way Her­itage Trust has al­ready pro­vided £ 280,000 to the project.

Coven­try: The new station foot­bridge, span­ning four plat­forms, is be­ing lifted into place as part of the £ 82 mil­lion project. It will pro­vide a di­rect link to a 633- space multi- storey car park and a se­cond station en­trance via War­wick Road.

Dor­ridge: The Chiltern Rail­ways station wait­ing room has been re­fur­bished in 1930s style.

Lu­ton: The new £ 900,000 lifts at Lu­ton Air­port Park­way station have been com­mis­sioned.

Univer­sity: A con­trac­tor has been hired to de­sign and ex­pand the station that serves Birm­ing­ham Univer­sity.

SOUTH­ERN

Bal­ham: The is­sue of low plat­form heights will be ad­dressed as part of the station’s forth­com­ing £ 2.6 mil­lion up­grade, which is sched­uled to be com­pleted by next March. The work will also in­clude new fenc­ing at the Lon­don ends of the plat­forms, to re­duce tres­pass in­ci­dents.

Brack­nell: A ma­jor de­vel­op­ment of shops and 420 homes is planned for the old busi­ness park site next to the station.

Brix­ton: There is wide­spread lo­cal op­po­si­tion to plans for a new 20- storey tower block on the en­tire site of the for­mer East Brix­ton station. This would pre­vent the cre­ation of an Over­ground station, which has fea­tured reg­u­larly in lo­cal trans­port plans over the years.

Dover: A high- speed bus ser­vice to Pri­ory station

has been promised as part of the ap­proval for a 5,750- home de­vel­op­ment at Whit­field, which is al­most three miles away.

South Western Rail­way: Net­work Rail has com­pleted im­prove­ments at 14 of the op­er­a­tor’s sta­tions since April 1: Bot­ley, Clay­gate, Eff­in­g­ham Junc­tion, Farn­bor­ough, Hin­ton Ad­mi­ral, Honi­ton, Hors­ley Clay­gate, New Mil­ton, Over­ton, Sal­is­bury, Sun­ning­dale, Wey­bridge, Whit­ley and Worces­ter Park.

ANGLIA

Brox­bourne: The £1 mil­lion station car park ex­ten­sion has been com­pleted, creat­ing 270 new spa­ces and ex­tend­ing ca­pac­ity by 50%.

Long Melford: A pe­ti­tion has been raised to al­low cy­clists to use the Melford Walk, which oc­cu­pies the for­mer Great East­ern Rail­way route to Sud­bury. It is cur­rently re­stricted to walk­ers only.

Whit­tle­sea: A com­pre­hen­sive up­grade for the Peter­bor­ough- March line station over the next ten years in­cludes wait­ing shel­ters, a foot­bridge, more car park­ing, and bet­ter foot­paths and light­ing.

LON­DON

Bank: The main tun­nelling work ( be­gun in May 2017) to add a new plat­form at the Lon­don Un­der­ground station has been com­pleted. The 40% ca­pac­ity ex­pan­sion in­cludes a trav­e­la­tor to link the North­ern and Cen­tral lines, and es­ca­la­tors be­tween the North­ern and Dock­lands Light

Rail­way and up to street level.

Bat­tersea Power Station: The fi­nal es­ca­la­tor is due to be in­stalled at the new North­ern Line ex­ten­sion station, and the ticket hall is al­most com­plete. The fea­tured ‘gold’ roof will be ready for po­si­tion­ing early in 2021.

Nine Elms: Fit­ting out of the new North­ern Line ex­ten­sion station will be com­pleted in the open­ing weeks of 2021. En­er­gi­sa­tion of the sub­sta­tion will also soon al­low trains to run into the station.

SCOT­LAND

Dundee: The for­mer Mary­field tram de­pot is to be taken over by Dundee Mu­seum of Trans­port. The first phase of the con­ver­sion will be pro­vid­ing a new roof for the fire- dam­aged rear sec­tion.

Mil­ngavie: The station plat­forms have been ex­tended by 70 yards, to al­low trains to be sta­bled be­tween ser­vices with­out im­ped­ing other move­ments. The work has cost £ 5 mil­lion.

Salt­coats: A third of the £ 500,000 cost of con­vert­ing re­dun­dant space at the North Ayr­shire station for com­mu­nity use has been met by the Rail­way Her­itage Trust. The con­ver­sion is ex­pected to take three months to com­plete.

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