Select Committee on Transport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX B

Major Rail Infrastructure Requirements

SCHEMES IDENTIFIED IN DRAFT RPG

  Extract of Table 10.2 Regionally Significant Transport Proposals


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.



TRANSPORT PROPOSALS OF REGIONAL SIGNIFICANCE FOR DELIVERY BY 2021

    —  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 interchanges.

    —  Further expansion of the network of inter-modal freight interchanges.

    —  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.

PROPOSALS IDENTIFIED BY THE SOUTH EAST MANCHESTER MULTI MODAL STUDY

    —  Incremental service enhancements, improve stations to minimum defined standards, replace old stock.

    —  Expand orbital services—Stalybridge to Stockport and Stockport to Altricham with new stations.

    —  Urban metro and Major station upgrade.

    —  Eastern Airport Rail Link.

    —  Western Airport Rail Link.

    —  Metrolink extensions—Hough End—Stockport: 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.

PROPOSALS IDENTIFIED BY THE WEST MIDLANDS TO NORTH WEST CONURBATION MULTI MODAL STUDY.

    —  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 Link).

    —  New train services Birmingham to Manchester—new routes.

    —  Additional train services—Trent 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.


 
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