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WESTERN

Bourne End: Net­work Rail has de­clined to re­in­state the chord that would al­low pas­sen­gers to reach Maiden­head with­out hav­ing to change.

Did­cot: A new foot­bridge is be­ing con­structed to link the sta­tion with the multi- storey car park. Plat­form 2 is also be­ing ex­tended.

High Wy­combe: The Brunel en­gine shed next to the sta­tion is to be ac­quired by Wy­combe Dis­trict Coun­cil for com­mu­nity use. The Grade 2- listed build­ing is cur­rently in a poor struc­tural state.

High­bridge: Burn­ham Town Coun­cil has ap­plied for a £ 30,000 grant from Great Western Rail­way to re­place the sta­tion’s light­ing col­umns, sig­nage, and the bi­cy­cle shel­ter. How­ever, over £1 mil­lion will be re­quired to ex­pand the car park, in­stall a bus stop, and es­tab­lish a ticket of­fice or cafe.

Totnes: Al­though only 30 years old, the sta­tion foot­bridge will be re­moved when a £1.5 mil­lion dis­abled-friendly re­place­ment struc­ture with lifts is com­pleted.

EASTERN

Big­gleswade: Rail­fu­ture East Anglia is press­ing for the ad­di­tion of pas­sen­ger lifts to an ex­tended foot­bridge at the East Coast Main Line sta­tion. It is cur­rently a strug­gle for pas­sen­gers be­cause the en­trance is on a higher level.

Ea­glescliffe: A house con­structed for the Yarm branch of the Stock­ton & Dar­ling­ton Rail­way in 1840 has been put on the mar­ket for £155,000. For­merly oc­cu­pied by a man­ager at the Hole of Par­adise coal de­pot, it has not been in rail­way use since 1871.

Elling­ton: Large- scale hous­ing de­vel­op­ment is pro­posed for the site of the for­mer col­liery.

Mid­dles­brough: Fund­ing has been found for fur­ther sta­tion re­fur­bish­ment work be­yond Net­work Rail’s cur­rent £ 2.7 mil­lion pro­gramme, which in­cluded re­open­ing the for­mer main en­trance ear­lier this year. Sort­ing out the frontage along Zet­land Road is a nec­es­sary in­ter­me­di­ate step to bring­ing the park­ing area back into pub­lic use.

Nast Hyde: A woman’s hand­bag and its con­tents, stolen in a mug­ging in­ci­dent al­most 40 years ago near the site of the Great North­ern sta­tion on the for­mer Hat­field-St Al­bans line ( closed in 1951), has been suc­cess­fully re­turned to its owner after be­ing un­earthed in a flower bed. The part- re­stored halt is now part of a pub­lic cy­cle­way and foot­path.

Scar­bor­ough: The sta­tion’s for­mer parcels of­fice, now in pri­vate use, is to get a new en­trance in keep­ing with the build­ing’s his­toric sta­tus.

MID­LANDS

Can­nock: Sev­eral pub­lic bod­ies are con­tribut­ing £400,000 to a study into up­grad­ing the Chase Line sta­tion’s cur­rent ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties. Lu­ton: A pro­posed new com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment close to the air­port’s park­way sta­tion is ex­pected to bring up to 2,000 jobs. Ruge­ley: There are plans to build 2,000 new homes on the site of the for­mer rail- served power sta­tion, which closed in 2016. St Pan­cras: The new Wether­spoons pub be­low the sta­tion’s South­east­ern plat­forms has been chris­tened The Bar­rel Vault, to com­mem­o­rate the area’s for­mer role as the stor­age area for Bur­ton beer bar­rels.

NORTH WEST

Bur­ton: After sev­eral years off the agenda, a re­vival of pas­sen­ger ser­vices over the Le­ices­ter line via Ashby and Coalville ( with­drawn in Septem­ber 1964) was dis­cussed at a pub­lic meet­ing held in De­cem­ber.

Castle­ton: A new study has con­firmed the vi­a­bil­ity of a pas­sen­ger ser­vice to Rochdale, run­ning over East Lan­cashire Rail­way met­als to Rawten­stall. Fur­ther north, Stub­bins and Heap Bridge are be­ing con­sid­ered as park- and- ride sites. It is now up to Trans­port for the North to take things for­ward.

Ir­lam: A new mu­seum of sig­nalling is to be cre­ated in the 1884 Mid­land Rail­way box re­cov­ered from Keigh­ley sta­tion. The build­ing has needed a new home since it was ren­dered re­dun­dant in 1995 to pre­vent fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

Threlkeld: A £ 7.9 mil­lion fund­ing pack­age has been agreed to en­able work to start on the fi­nal phase of re­con­nect­ing the Keswick to Threlkeld Multi User Trail, which was se­verely dam­aged in Storm Des­mond three years ago.

War­ring­ton: Good progress was made on the new War­ring­ton West sta­tion dur­ing a line pos­ses­sion over the Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod. The De­cem­ber work pro­gramme in­cluded in­stal­la­tion of the foot­bridge and lift shafts. The open­ing date is the mid­dle of the year.

SOUTH­ERN

Bournemouth: The East Cliff Fu­nic­u­lar Rail­way, dam­aged by a land­slip in April 2016, will stay closed un­til fur­ther no­tice be­cause the bor­ough coun­cil does not have the funds for its re­pair.

Dun­geness: More than 80 years after its clo­sure to pas­sen­gers, the re­mains of the windswept sin­gle plat­form sta­tion are still to be seen close to the ter­mi­nus of the nar­row gauge Rom­ney, Hythe & Dym­church Rail­way. While the wooden plat­form has al­most com­pletely rot­ted away, the con­crete foun­da­tions of the rudi­men­tary tim­ber build­ing are still in ev­i­dence.

Kingsnorth: Net­work Rail has ruled against a new sta­tion on the Ash­ford- Hast­ings line to serve a new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment. It says it would sim­ply ab­stract pas­sen­gers from Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional rather than gen­er­ate new busi­ness, and also in­crease jour­ney times on the route.

Rich­mond: Jan­uary 1 was the 150th an­niver­sary of the open­ing of the West Lon­don Joint Rail­way’s line to Ad­di­son Road sta­tion ( now Kens­ing­ton Olympia). Parts of this are now the Lon­don Over­ground.

SCOT­LAND

Aberdeen: Re­in­state­ment of the moth­balled Water­loo freight branch is re­ported to have been com­pleted to a high stan­dard.

Aviemore: High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise ( HIE) has taken over the run­ning of CairnGorm Moun­tain snows­ports cen­tre and fu­nic­u­lar rail­way, after the busi­ness went into ad­min­is­tra­tion dur­ing Novem­ber be­cause of cash- flow prob­lems.

Faslane: The Min­istry of De­fence and Rhu & Shan­don Com­mu­nity Coun­cil are dis­cussing re­open­ing the old plat­form close to the naval base.

Gran­town- on-Spey: The for­mer Great North of Scot­land Rail­way sta­tion at Gran­town East, closed to pas­sen­gers on Novem­ber 2 1968, has been re­opened as a cul­ture cen­tre com­plete with a short sec­tion of track.

Stone­haven: Planned im­prove­ments to the sta­tion in­clude full re­fur­bish­ment of the build­ings and un­der­pass.

Tweed­bank: Scot­tish Bor­ders Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing the spec­u­la­tive £10 mil­lion pur­chase of a site close to the sta­tion, to sell on for £150 mil­lion for 300 new homes and in­dus­try. As well as mak­ing a profit for ratepay­ers, it says it strength­ens the case for the Bor­ders Rail­way ex­ten­sion to Haw­ick and be­yond.

LON­DON

Lon­don Un­der­ground: Re­duced rev­enues have forced Trans­port for Lon­don to scale back on mak­ing its sta­tions fully ac­ces­si­ble. It will be sum­mer 2024 ( two years later than planned) for work to be com­pleted at Bos­ton Manor, Burnt Oak, Deb­den, Hanger Lane, Ick­en­ham, North Eal­ing, Northolt, Park Royal, Rick­mansworth, Ruis­lip, Snares­brook, Sud­bury Hill and Wim­ble­don Park.

Colin­dale: Lon­don Un­der­ground’s North­ern Line sta­tion is be­ing pre­pared for de­mo­li­tion, to make way for a new £ 22 mil­lion build­ing largely funded by the con­struc­tion of 350 homes nearby. Work could start in 2021 and be com­pleted in a year.

Old Street: Changes are be­ing made to the lay­out of the round­about that has the Un­der­ground and Great North­ern sta­tions on the cen­tre of it. It will then be safer for bik­ers and pedes­tri­ans.

South Wood­ford: Lon­don Un­der­ground’s Cen­tral Line sta­tion will have step-free ac­cess by the sum­mer.

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