Some news that has been noted from the UK railway industry this week (railway gazette articles will require a free subscription):
Govia Thameslink are using a 30-day ‘Coronavirus killer’ on trains and stations on their network. The viruscide sticks to surfaces and will be applied once every 21 days. An app had been introduced to track which areas and rolling stock have been sprayed, so that the visuside can be re-applied when necessary. Full story can be read here : Govia Thameslink Railway uses 30-day ‘coronavirus killer’
Business cases will be allowed on the following projects, reports ‘Rail Business UK’ . These are :
Reopening Meir station near Longton on the Stoke-on-Trent – Derby line;
Providing regular passenger services on the Barrow Hill line between Sheffield and Chesterfield via Beighton;
Reintroducing passenger services on the Leicester – Coalville – Burton upon Trent ‘Ivanhoe’ line;
Provision of a passing loop to enable a more frequent service to be provided on the St Albans Abbey – Watford Junction ‘Abbey’ line;
Reopening stations at Wellington in Somerset and Cullompton in Devon on the Taunton – Exeter main line;
Introducing passenger services on the Bury – Heywood – Rochdale line, most of which is operated as the heritage East Lancashire Railway. This route had also been identified by Transport for Greater Manchester in 2019 for a possible tram-train trial;
Extending the Blackburn – Clitheroe passenger service from Clitheroe to Hellifield to link with the Leeds – Carlisle route;
Building a new parkway station at Lydeway to serve Devizes;
Reinstating passenger services on the Totton – Fawley branch in Hampshire, branded the Waterside Line;
Extension of the Island Line south from Shanklin to Wroxall and Ventnor; and integration with the existing Isle of Wight Steam Railway to provide passenger services from Ryde to Newport.
Remember these are only Business cases. They are not a green light for the projects, and many will fall at the wayside.
The one which most interests me is the ‘possible’ extension of the Island line on the Isle of Wight. Would be great to see trains run back to Ventnor through the tunnel, an experience many have not seen. The information here was taken from this article in Rail Business UK : 10 rail schemes awarded business case development funding
Practices that have been implemented by West Midlands Trains due to the covid-19 epidemic, could be used by other operators. Factors such as social distancing in stations and loading indications on trains are being used, so that other stations down the line can monitor how full an oncoming train is. This colour coded system could be applied and enable dynamic station skips or closures. The full story can be read here : West Midlands Trains leads on social distancing approach as rail services ramp up
Another plan for a HS2 station was unveiled this week. The East Midlands could get a transport hub when (or if) the spur from Birmingham up to Leeds is built. The hub would be built at Toton, giving many communities the ability to use the new High Speed network. Full story on this exciting project can be read here : HS2: Plans for East Midlands transport hub link unveiled
That’s all for this week, thank you for reading and there will be another update next Sunday.
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