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In The News | 23rd May 2024 | Latest Rail News

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InTheNews: The latest rail news on Thursday, 23rd May 2024

A major rail line between England and Scotland has closed due to flooding disrupting journeys for thousands of passengers.

An article on the BBC website says National Rail said the West Coast Main Line between Carlisle and Lockerbie is blocked.

Operators affected include Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express, ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper.

Major disruption is expected for the rest of today.

Plans for an extra line between Liverpool and Manchester have been announced by the cities’ new combined railway organisation.

An article on the BBC website says the Liverpool-Manchester Rail Board has revealed a project for a new link between the cities, which will also include major investment into several stations.

The new line will run between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly, via revamped stations at Warrington Bank Quay and Manchester Airport.

An underground station at Manchester Piccadilly has also been planned, along with improvements to Liverpool Central.

The Severn Valley Railway has announced a new fundraising appeal, aimed at supporting its operational resilience in the coming years. Called the SVR Resilience Fund, it is replacing the railway’s Survival Fund appeal, launched last year.

“We are indebted to everyone who supported the Survival Fund,” said Jonathan ‘Gus’ Dunster, the SVR’s managing director. “It raised a very substantial £500,000, and has helped us turn things around from what was, without doubt, a time of crisis.

“We’ve now wound up the Survival Fund, but there’s still a long way to go before we can say we’ve fully recovered. We’re going to need ongoing support to meet our running costs for some time to come, so that we can build the railway’s resilience and confidence, and safeguard assets such as rolling stock and infrastructure.”

A brand new £8 million collections building opens at Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham, this weekend – the museum’s most significant regeneration project since it opened 20 years ago, making it the largest undercover collection of historic rail vehicles anywhere in Europe. 

Over 100 vehicles are now on display, celebrating the role of Shildon as the world’s first railway town – and along with a host of other improvements, the museum aims to attract 250,000 visitors a year to the region.  

Locomotion is a partnership between the Science Museum Group and Durham County Council, with the latter having provided significant funding towards New Hall.   

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