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Author Topic: Weymouth tramway-the final curtain?  (Read 2709 times)
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« on: February 15, 2020, 08:47:17 am »

It is intended to remove sections of the line in order to determine the cost of complete removal.

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18237062.end-line-weymouths-harbourside-tracks/
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2020, 06:16:15 pm »

It looks like the end of the line is very near

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Dorset Council and Network Rail are celebrating after winning over £1.1m in special government funding to improve road safety in Weymouth by removing the rail tracks from the old Weymouth Harbour Branch Line.

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced today that Dorset Council was successful in its joint bid with Network Rail for funding to dismantle and remove the rails and to reinstate the carriageway. This will remove an ongoing hazard to cyclists and other vulnerable road users, reducing the number of incidents resulting in personal injuries.   

https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2020/02/28/dorset-council-and-network-rail-win-funding-to-improve-road-safety-in-weymouth/
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2020, 06:59:56 pm »

I know the Tramway has been mothballed, but has the statutory formal closure procedure for the line and Weymouth Quay Station been started yet? That procedure is required by the Railway Act 2005 I believe.
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2020, 07:38:40 pm »

I know the Tramway has been mothballed, but has the statutory formal closure procedure for the line and Weymouth Quay Station been started yet? That procedure is required by the Railway Act 2005 I believe.
The line is “permanently out of use”, and no longer shown in the online sectional appendix, but I’ve been monitoring this for years and don’t recall any recent closure procedures as per the 2005 Act requirements...

Perhaps its effective closure predates the Act?
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2020, 08:03:04 pm »

I know the Tramway has been mothballed, but has the statutory formal closure procedure for the line and Weymouth Quay Station been started yet? That procedure is required by the Railway Act 2005 I believe.
The line is “permanently out of use”, and no longer shown in the online sectional appendix, but I’ve been monitoring this for years and don’t recall any recent closure procedures as per the 2005 Act requirements...

Perhaps its effective closure predates the Act?

According to this article in rail.co.uk it is closed:
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NR agreed to give the council until the end of 2015 to make a decision on their tram plan. The deadline passed and the line now stands to be closed permanently on 8th May 2016.

It's not listed by the ORR has having been closed under the 2005 act, so I wonder if it wasn't open - in the sense of that act, at least. If there was no scheduled service, what was there to close? NR may have been able to close it without all that ... stuff required by the act.
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2020, 08:16:18 pm »

From the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-51677959
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2020, 07:40:49 am »

From the Dorset Echo

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to remove Weymouth's historic harbour railway line are on track to start this autumn.

Drivers are being warned of disruption as roads will need to be closed when the project gets underway in October.
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2020, 01:10:00 pm »

Work to start on removing tramway on October 5th

https://twitter.com/dorsetcounciluk/status/1307988426755579904?s=21
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2020, 02:08:01 pm »

Work to start on removing tramway on October 5th

And the article to support that tweet spawns letters and comments on those letters. The prophets of doom are at work in the Dorset Echo

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As posters have correctly said previously, it is highly likely that the Poole/Wareham - Weymouth line will be downgraded to branch line status in the next few years, then finally closed. (Similarly, Yeovil - Weymouth line also closed).

If you look back at the massive loss of Weymouth rail infra-structure in the last 50 years, in 50 years time @ 2070 it is totally apparent that Weymouth will not have a rail connection at all, unless there is major rail/tram investment, or its saved by very rich heritage rail enthusiasts.

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Yes, one can't help thinking that any long-term switch to home working will seriously undermine the finances of the London to Weymouth line. And the fuss a year ot two ago over the proposed switch to one direct train to London an hour with the other becoming Weymouth to Portsmouth train will seem quite odd in retrospect.

And as you say, the Yeovil to Weymouth line looks even more vulnerable.

I don't agree with the views quoted - I'm sharing them to flag that there are people who hold them ...
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2020, 03:25:31 pm »

It is hard to see where such (negative) opinions can possibly originate. The Weymouth Tramway has not seen a (proper) train for over 20 years so its final demise is not relevant to current rail economics. Should the entire rail industry be placed under extreme financial pressure then such harsh cuts might occur - at high political cost.

Most unlikely either route into Weymouth is under any current (or near future) pressure. Both routes are considered sufficiently viable in normal times and Weymouth can still build further on its top listings as a leisure destination.
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