At Network Rail's request, The Windsor Link Railway has submitted a formal feasibility to them. This is often known as a ‘GRIP 2 report' in the rail industry. This follows on from WLR being included in the Hansford Review, commissioned by Network Rail and published last month, to introduce more private investment in the rail industry and improve services to customers. The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, has also called for ‘new ways of working, new ways of funding improvements in rail’. [...]
The Windsor Link Railway has been working with engineering consultants Pell Frischmann as well as Network Rail on completing formal project milestones (GRIP). We are on target to have feasibility (GRIP 2) for the tunnel in Windsor completed by early 2017. The aim is to give a number of alignment options and to demonstrate compliance with railway standards for operability and safety. Also important for this next level of work will be confirmation of current cost and revenue estimates to ensure that value for [...]
The Windsor Link Railway is on the agenda tonight for the steering group of the Central Windsor Neighbourhood Plan. There's a presentation on the WLR by Richard Wickerson starting at 6pm in the Windsor Guildhall, Ascot Room. The meeting proper starts at 6.30.
The Economist has published an article on the Northern Hub, in Manchester. This is how it starts. FOR £33 billion and a 20-year wait, Britain is to get a high-speed rail line connecting London to the north of England. For £32 billion-odd less than that sum, it gets the Northern Hub. Far less controversial or glamorous — the funding process was a bit like a church-roof appeal at first, says Chris Fletcher of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce — the project is a terrific [...]
Over the last few months the Windsor Link Railway has been working with Network Rail to estimate demand for phase 1 of the Windsor Link Railway, connecting Slough to Staines via Windsor. As with much forecasting, this is a far from easy task. Network Rail's standard approach is to look first at the population and employment in the catchment areas of the new services. This splits into two types: long-distance and local. One can ignore the former for now because it is too complex [...]