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« Reply #75 on: July 19, 2020, 11:52:24 am »

"Mid Cornwall Metro" is about linking Newquay, St Austell, Truro and Falmouth.  Cornwall Council also want to look at what's next for the Falmouth line.  It doesn't include Burngullow - it's just too expensive for now.

The Newquay proposals are about the capacity improvements needed to increase frequency on the existing line with an hourly service being the ultimate objective - reinstating a second platform at Newquay in the mix. 
Thanks Richard. I scoured, Google, too, but could find no information. An integrated 'coast-to-coast' service linking the towns mentioned - and not to forget Penryn - would make a lot of sense, especially in summer.
Do you have any idea of the lines of thought concerning 'what's next' for the Falmouth line?

 

Absolutely, Andy.  On the Falmouth line, it's looking at, for example, what would be needed to go to a more frequent service still (e.g. maybe a loop at Perranwell) and whether a potential new park and ride station at Ponsanooth would be feasible.
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« Reply #76 on: July 20, 2020, 03:19:42 pm »

Thank you, Richard.  That is very interesting.
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« Reply #77 on: July 25, 2020, 05:56:32 pm »

There is to be a pasenger train to run to Fawley:
SWR operated Fawley Branch train this coming Tuesday 28th.

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/Q10000/2020-07-28/detailed

from : https://www.47soton.co.uk/

A VIP/press special perhaps.
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« Reply #78 on: July 28, 2020, 11:06:11 am »

There is to be a pasenger train to run to Fawley:
SWR operated Fawley Branch train this coming Tuesday 28th.

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/Q10000/2020-07-28/detailed

from : https://www.47soton.co.uk/

A VIP/press special perhaps.

I did a little research ... got enigmatic answers which suggest that it was a test of some sort that was not supposed to have got any prior public attention.   This morning described as a "test train" within https://twitter.com/PaulCliftonBBC/status/1288032452355727361/photo/1

With open data sources, it's kinda hard to run secret trains now.  Has also put an end to "Mystex"
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« Reply #79 on: July 28, 2020, 11:44:24 am »

I wish the Fawley reintroduction luck. 

No immediate need to get excited though as it's nearly six years since Chiltern ran a VIP special over the Cowley branch in Oxford with a lot of talk since, but no construction work on the stations or a committed start date yet.
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« Reply #80 on: July 28, 2020, 01:41:40 pm »

There is to be a pasenger train to run to Fawley:
SWR operated Fawley Branch train this coming Tuesday 28th.

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/Q10000/2020-07-28/detailed

from : https://www.47soton.co.uk/

A VIP/press special perhaps.

I did a little research ... got enigmatic answers which suggest that it was a test of some sort that was not supposed to have got any prior public attention.   This morning described as a "test train" within https://twitter.com/PaulCliftonBBC/status/1288032452355727361/photo/1

With open data sources, it's kinda hard to run secret trains now.  Has also put an end to "Mystex"

There was a brief item on this on the local TV news at lunchtime - just sound bites from Peter Hendy and Mark Hopwood. No doubt Paul Clifton's longer piece will be on South Today tonight.
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« Reply #81 on: July 28, 2020, 02:20:03 pm »

There was a brief item on this on the local TV news at lunchtime - just sound bites from Peter Hendy and Mark Hopwood. No doubt Paul Clifton's longer piece will be on South Today tonight.

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« Reply #82 on: July 28, 2020, 06:38:01 pm »

Press Release from SWR

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Today, South Western Railway ran a special ‘fact-finding’ train, to investigate the potential re-opening of the Fawley branch line in Hampshire, after more than 50 years since regular passenger services ceased.

The special service follows a successful submission to the Department for Transport’s ‘Restoring your Railway Fund’ by Hampshire County Council. This funding will allow Hampshire County Council to carry out a feasibility study into reopening the line for passenger services once more.

The service became possible through cooperation between South Western Railway and Network Rail, who had to cut back undergrowth, test condition of the track, and prepare the train crew.

Boarding the train was Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris; Network Rail Chair, Sir Peter Hendy; and representatives from Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council.

Also joining the train was Nick Farthing, Chair of Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership, who have long campaigned for the opening of the line.

Whilst there is still work to be done before passenger services can resume, the national focus in expanding the rail network by utilising disused lines, provides hope that a return of services for this part of Hampshire maybe a step-closer to reality, helping to reconnect communities and promote public transport.

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “It is almost precisely 95 years since the line between Southampton and Fawley opened. Yet, due to the Beeching cuts, the last time passengers were able to travel this line England were lifting the Jules Rimet.

“While we can’t guarantee sporting supremacy again, we’ve been absolutely clear that we are determined to reconnect communities and level up infrastructure across the country. Taking steps towards restoring passenger journeys on lines like this demonstrates that commitment.

“The progress towards developing a business case for this restoration is testament to the energy and enthusiasm of local campaigners, and I share the passion they and other communities have to reopen and restore local lines.” 

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of South Western Railway said: “Branch lines are vital to connect local communities, with many now out of use. Exploring the possibility of reopening disused lines for rail passengers is vital for us to reconnect our communities again.”

Network Rail Chair Sir Peter Hendy said: “Railways have a huge role to play in building environmentally-sustainable economic and social development and places like Marchwood, where the railway is still in place, are perfect examples of where we can help local communities grow. It’s great to see a passenger train down this line again and this has been a really useful event for our partners to understand what we might have to do to bring trains back permanently.”

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “Hampshire County Council was very pleased that our bid to the Department for Transport’s restoring Your railways Fund was successful and we now look forward to working with the Department for Transport, Network Rail and stakeholders to review the evidence and undertake a business case for re-introducing passenger rail services on the Waterside line.”
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« Reply #83 on: July 28, 2020, 11:38:24 pm »

Quite a coup this!
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« Reply #84 on: August 05, 2020, 09:46:19 am »

NFNPA approves Fawley Waterside https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/news/new-forest-national-park-authority-approves-fawley-waterside-development/
"new community including 1,500 homes, 96,500 square metres of new commercial, civic and employment space, with a canal and dock and a boat stack."
"The development will be served by a new access off the B3053."
No mention of a rail link, missed opportunity or lack of communication?
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