Major Rail Infrastructure Requirements
Extract of Table 10.2 Regionally Significant
|Transport Proposals of Regional Significance that should be delivered by 2007as a matter of priority
|Other Transport Proposals of Regional Significance that should be delivered by 2007 if sufficient resources are available
|Capacity improvements to the Manchester Hub railway system including the Manchester Airport western rail link;
Development of a strategic inter-modal freight interchange at Parkside;
Improvements to Trans-Pennine rail routes.
|Further improvements to Manchester Piccadilly Station;
Windermere branch capacity improvements;
Rail access improvements to the Port of Liverpool (Birkenhead);
Rail access improvements to the Port of Heysham;
Rail access improvements to Barrow.
Regionally significant proposals arising from
the various multi-modal, freight and road based studies, including
potentially a second Mersey crossing in Halton Borough.
Further improvements to the Regional Transport
Networks, in particular, Trans-Pennine passenger rail routes.
Further expansion of the network of passenger
Further expansion of the network of inter-modal
Further enhancements to the Greater Manchester
and Merseyside Public Transport Networks; and
Further freight enhancements to the North/South
Spine and Trans-Pennine rail routes.
Incremental service enhancements, improve stations
to minimum defined standards, replace old stock.
Expand orbital servicesStalybridge to Stockport
and Stockport to Altricham with new stations.
Urban metro and Major station upgrade.
Eastern Airport Rail Link.
Western Airport Rail Link.
Metrolink extensionsHough EndStockport:
Stockport to City Centre, Stockport to Marple Rose via Bredbury,
Stockport to Airport: Rose Hill to Stockport.
The study also points out that the Manchester
Hub capacity issues will need to be addressed to facilitate some
of the above.
Construction of Stafford "cut-off" line.
Grade separated rail junction at Colwich.
Grade separated rail junction at Norton Bridge.
Re-open Sandbach/Northwich Line (plus Airport
New train services Birmingham to Manchesternew
Additional train servicesTrent Valley Stations
to the North West.
Longer trains and platforms.
Parkway station on the mid-Cheshire line between
Northwich and Knutsford.
Additional parking at major stations.