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In The News | 6th February 2024 | Latest Rail News

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InTheNews: The latest rail news on Tuesday, 6th February 2024

The government is still planning to sell off land along the cancelled HS2 route to Manchester, the rail minister has confirmed. Plans to sell the land which is no longer required for the high-speed railway line are still being drawn up.

An article in the Manchester Evening News says it comes after Andy Burnham met with ministers to discuss alternatives that would improve rail capacity between Birmingham and Manchester which are being drawn up a group of private companies.

The Greater Manchester mayor has now confirmed that one option being considered is a new line, using some of the land bought for HS2.

Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive of Transport for the North (TfN), has stated that things need to be done differently when it comes to investment in the North’s connectivity.

Opening the TfN’s Annual Conference in Liverpool, he highlighted the importance of allowing the North’s political and business leaders to decide and deliver on transport needs.

He also outlined the need for investment in transport for people and places, discussing how the reliance on ‘one size fits all’ for investment appraisal is holding the region back, and explained how we must invest in new concepts and strive for better outcomes if we are to deliver economic growth that is sustainable and inclusive for the longer term.

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Extending the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to cross the River Thames could allow 30,000 new homes to be built and offer better public transport links, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

An article on the BBC website says the proposals have been set out in a new consultation to extend the line from Gallions Reach to Thamesmead.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Labour MP for Erith and Thamesmead, Abena Oppong-Asare both support the plans.

East Midlands Railway (EMR) has urged drivers to make sure they know the height of their vehicles after bridges on its network were hit 54 times last year.

An article on the BBC website says the railway operator said a bridge in Debdale Lane, in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, had been struck 40 times in the past 10 years.
EMR said bridge strikes were a “significant and recurring problem”.

Each strike costs the taxpayer about £13,000 on average, EMR added.

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