Calls for Great Central re­open­ing

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The English Re­gional Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (ERTA) is call­ing for re­open­ing of the Great Central Main Line, to in­crease net­work ca­pac­ity and pro­vide bet­ter trans­port links to lo­ca­tions that are cur­rently poorly served by pub­lic trans­port.

In its Great Central Dossier, ERTA ar­gues that or­bital ac­cess from north of London to the South Coast and Chan­nel Tun­nel is also needed. The last sec­tion of the for­mer Great Central Main Line was closed in 1969.

Should its aim be suc­cess­ful, the group en­vis­ages a 125mph route be­tween Calvert and Rugby/Le­ices­ter with a loop to serve Buck­ing­ham, a link to East West Rail near Clay­don, and the po­ten­tial for ‘pig­gy­back’ freight ser­vices.

The first stage of ERTA’s plans in­volves an as­sess­ment of the cur­rent state of the for­ma­tion, with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of block­ages and areas where realign­ment and new sec­tions are re­quired. New sta­tions would be built at Daven­try, Brack­ley and Buck­ing­ham.

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