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The latest rail news on Monday, 7th December 2020
The Department for Transport has awarded 15 rail schemes up to £50 000 each to support the development of proposals for the reopening of historic lines and stations.
The projects will obtain a share of the Restoring Your Railway ‘Ideas Fund’, with selected entries judged on their ability to deliver economic benefits and support communities left behind during the closures of stations during the infamous Beeching cuts of the 1960s.
Construction works have been completed at Crossrail’s Farringdon Elizabeth line station, meaning the station is just 12 weeks away from being ready for handover to Transport for London (TfL)
The station, which is being built by Bam, Ferrovial and Kier Joint Venture (BFK JV) will offer step-free access for passengers with two main entrances, one located at Barbican and the other at the existing Farringdon underground station.
Paddington is expected to be the next station to see construction activity completed and will be followed by a number of the central London station sites over the coming months.
Balfour Beatty’s former Rail Chief Executive has been appointed to lead on its UK Construction Services.
Mark Bullock, who joined the company in 2012 as managing director of rail, will switch roles to the firm’s construction arm following a short handover period. He will be replaced by Matthew Steele, who also heads up the firm’s Gas & Water division.
Finally, a railway bench thought to be the longest in the world, has been carefully restored at Scarborough station for use by passengers and visitors to the seaside town.
The bench, which is 139 metres long, the equivalent length of 12 double decker buses parked end to end, has been refurbished by Network Rail, by replacing all nuts and bolts and painting all of the cast iron supports at a cost of £14,500. Click here to read more