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Virgin Cross Country goes to Arriva end of November 2007 and loses Manchester-Scotland routes immediately (apart from single daily Manchester - Glasgow service).

Arriva Cross Country loses Brighton services December 2008 but gains Nottingham - Cardiff. (Rail Mag)

ATW may extend services from Gloucester to Cheltenham Spa. (Modern Railways Oct 2007) It wanted to do it at the Dec 2007 timetable change. Confirmed and implemented 20/12/07

Corby to be reopened? Unclear - DfT sayes yes, Arriva, no. Update Rail Mag 576 services will start in December 2008. Became Feb 2009 with one service a day.

Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine opening May 2008 (Modern Railways Oct 2007)

Airdre-Bathgate opening December 2010, Glasgow Airport branch opening 2012, and speculation that Edinburgh Airport line in unaffordable. (Modern Railways Oct 2007)

Future reference: Rail Magazine 551 oct/Nov 2006 states that Renaissance trains is planning to introduce a South Humberside (Grimsby?) to Stratford service via Lincoln, Peterborough, Cambridge and Bishop’s Stortford in summer 2008.

The Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway service will also have to be factored into the map calling at Ruabon, Chirk, Gobowen, Shrewesbury, Telford, Wolverhampton and Banbury. Some trains will run via New Street (no stop), some via Bescot and Stetchford. Due middle of 2008.

Next franchise to be let is Southern.

Virgin will no longer serve Lllandudno from December 2008.

Great Eatern mainline should not be so steep coming out of London - currently Romford - Upminster line too long.

It would be good to add Oxford Road in Manchester.

December 2008: Walsall losing Stafford service.

Hourly from Chester in 2008 (Virgin to Euston)

December 2008 Southeastern services start operating through Snow Hill tunnel after closure of Moorgate line for Thameslink upgrade. NEED TO CHECK!!!

From Nov 11 2007 Worcester added to Arriva Cross Country; axed Dec 2008.

New Inverness Airport station should open 2010.

Javelin service starting Dec 2009

East London line opening June 2010 (MR Jan 2008)

‘Later this year’ (MR Jan 2008) the Tonbridge-Redhill line will transfer to Southern from Southeastern.

Should Hull be Kingston-upon-Hull?

Is Grand Union down West Coast mainline? Dec 2008 or 2011/12 (as stated on web site). I found on Wikipedia a map showing routing via Pontefract and Halifax. WCML 2012.

Need to check removal of Walsall - Stafford - I don’t think this likely - possibly Rugeley-Stafford. Yes, train stopping at Rugeley.

Consider phrase like ‘some single journeys by some TOCs not shown (eg Virgin WC Manchester-Glasgow and Manchester-Birmingham via Crewe and Stoke)’

There is one AXC to Guildford.

There is only one AXC routed through Gloucester. Scotrail sleeper only one a day.

Conjecture that East Mids may transfer joint line services to Northern.

Is Watford - Gatwick service doomed? Rail 585 (Feb 2008). No, extended to Milton Keynes.

Rail Express magazine February 2008 issue 141: Grand Union may open Euston - Bradford service in 2009 calling at Stockport, Guide Bridge, Huddersfield, Halifax. Said new interpretation of non-competition rules meant that service could be brought forward from 2012.

Rail Mag 586 Mar 2008:
Virgin may launch single daily Wrexham train, decision in May. Will be via Chester. Happened.
North Somerset Council talking with NR re buying Portbury-Portishead line for future passenger operation.

March 2009 date for start of construction of new Southend Airport station (between Rochford and Prittlewell) due to open 5 months later.

Modern Railways MAR 2008: Renaissance Trains is planning new Liverpool-Glasgow service.

TR UK April 2008: Merseytravel launches new study into a possible reinstatement of Burscough curves connecting the stations and allowing a direct Ormskirk-Southport service. But what about west-north curve?

Rail 587 March 2008: Article on Blackpool sayes Blackpool North - Buxton service will become Blackpool - Manchester Victoria.

Rail 590 (April-May 08):

NXEC to Harrogate may become hourly via York in Dec 2010.

NXEC to Lincoln may extend to Cleethorpes in Dec 2010.

NXEC to Leeds may extend to Bradford/Skipton in Dec 2010.

Hull trains may have additional services from 2009 to Harrogate via York or Knareborough via Leeds and Garforth

Hull trains may have from 2010 Lincoln service and Cleethorpes

Grand Central aspirations: KX-Doncaster-Cleethorpes; Scarborough via York;Huddersfield via Wakefield Kikgate, Rotherham, Sheffield and Retford; KX - Sunderland/Middlesbrough.

Rail Mag 589 April 2008:

Devon CC backs Kilbride Group Tavistock reopening on March 2008. Could open 2011/12.

Options for new West Midlands services by Halcrow for WMPTE: half-hourly Tamworth; also Walsall-Sutton Park-Water Orton, key is new chords at Bordesley to Moor Street.

Rail 589 (April 2008):

South East of Scotland Transport Partnership has suggested reopening NB coastal route from Thornton Junction to Leven.

Reopening Leuchars Junction to St Andrews.

Rail Mag 591 (May 2008):

Glasgow Crossrail debated in the Scottish Parliament: phase 1: High Street Junction - Paisly corridor; phase 2: Build Strathbungo link; phase 3: High Street curve.

Rail Mag 591 (May 2008):

Suggestion that Grand Union Bradford-Euston service could not start till 2012.

Grand Union aspiration for 2 trains a day Holyhead-Cardiff for Dec 2012. Operated by ATW from Dec 2008.

Rail Mag 592 (May-June 2008):

Prelim discussions on building new Thames tunnel to link the Essex port of Shelhaven to Kent.

Rail Mag 593 June 2008: Station re-named Combe Valley Junction

Change Birkenhead to Penbedw on Welsh map (done).

Transport officials in Leeds are said to be considering a rail link connecting to the local area.The Telegraph & Argus is reporting that a tram-train network could feasibly be rolled out across the Leeds City region for between 17 million and 25 million. Consultants Arup have drawn up a report outlining the potential route of the line, which they presented to Metro's Rail Working Group yesterday.

"A link between Leeds-Bradford Airport and the Harrogate line would provide a direct connection from the airport to Leeds city centre," the report read. It continued: "The provision of a link between Guiseley and Bradford Forster Square is likely to require doubling of the single track section between Shipley and Esholt East to facilitate tram-train operation."

If approved, the line would span the following route: Leeds - Harrogate - York, Horsforth - Leeds-Bradford Airport - Guiseley, Bradford Forster Square - Guiseley, Leeds - Lower Aire Valley - Five Towns - Wakefield.

Rail 596 July 2008: Planning permission for new airport station on Doncaster - Lincoln line, probably opening 2012.

Rail 595 July 2008: SWT Exeter - Paignton / Plymouth will stop in December 2009.

PS: A couple more suggestions for your Welsh map. Airports across the country should be 'Maes Awyr' (e.g Maes Awyr Manceinion) not 'Y Rhws Maes', this is the first part of Cardiff International's name in Welsh (Y Rhws is Rhoose in English). Also, I think the accepted form for Edinburgh is Caeredin, Dyn Edyn sounds like a Welsh spelling of the Scots Gaelic name. Hope this helps!

Rail Mag 2008:

New fuller NXEC service to Harrogate via Knaresborough December 2008; didn't happen.

Hull Trains new service to Cleethorpes via Lincoln and Spalding 2012

Grand Union new sevice Bradford - KX Dec 2008; didn't happen.

Grand Union KX - Huddersfield via Wakefield Kirkgate, Rotherham or Barnsley, Sheffield Dec 2009

Grand Central new service Middlesbrough - KX Dec 2009

Grand Union new service Cleethorpes - KX via Scunthorpe and Doncaster Dec 2012?

Grand Union new service Scarborough - KX Dec 2012

Rail 599 Aug 2008: WAG proposes to bring forward Ebbw Vale extension to 2010 from 2014.

Rail 604 Nov 08: EMT postpones Corby link due to lack of trains, first single daily service starts Feb; Transmanche Metro Jan 2010.

Rail 605 Nov 08: West Norfolk Council’s Regeneration and Environmental Panel re-examining reopening King’s Lynn to Hunstanton (Oct 2008); possible new first class only Oakham - London by Renaissance Trains. No date.

Delete St Ives - guided busway opening April 2009.

Assume EMT Lincoln - St Pancras only one train a day.

Rail 606 Nov 08: Chiltern to Oxford via new curve 2012-13; AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) suggest reopening Stockport-Denton-Droylesden-Victoria.

Modern Railways Dec 08: Chiltern to Oxford via new curve 2012-13.

Rail 607 Dec 08: Platinum Trains proposed twice daily Aberdeen - King’s Cross for Dec 09. Subsequently refused bu ORR.

Walsall - Wolverhampton goes Dec 2008.

Modern Railways Jan 09: ATW to Marylebone from Dec 2009.

RM 608 Jan 2009: St Ives busway may be abandoned or deferred. Possible revived rail link to Cambois in Northumberland linked to new housing. New station at Gogar. New line from Inverkeithing to Halbeath by-passing Dunfermline?

RM 609 Jan 2009: East West line may have new alignment between Bedford and Sandy with new north-to-east chord at Hitchin.

RM 610 Feb 2008: further coverage of ATW Marylebone service. XC pulling out of Doncaster?

Shropshire Star March 3rd: Virgin proposal to run two trains a day Euston - Nuneaton - Walsall - Wolverhanpton - Shrewesbury. Also MR 3/09, using present freight only line through Sutton Park

Rail 612 3/09: East-West line could go via Luton and Stevenage. Edinburgh has stopped work on south suburban line. Thornton - Levenmouth (Methil) not a priority. Norfolk orbital Norwich-Cromer-Holt-Fakenham-Dereham Wymondham-Norwich suggested again.

RM 610 Feb 2008: further coverage of ATW Marylebone service. XC pulling out of Doncaster?

Shropshire Star March 3rd: Virgin proposal to run two trains a day Euston - Nuneaton - Walsall - Wolverhanpton - Shrewesbury.

Rail 625 Aug 2009: Reported scheme to re-instate Borme End - High Wycombe a spart of a light rail development; Independent study favours new station at Middlewich.

Rail 623 July 2009: diversion of all XC servicesvia Doncaster to via Leeds undecided; study into Crewe - Northwich reopening favoured ‘the Railway Consultancy’ in line with NR GRIP 1.

MR July 2009: ATOC line reopening proposals: Cranleigh, Bordon, Hythe, Ringwood, Aldridge & Brownhills, Wisbech, Leicester-Burton, Fleetwood, Rawtenstall, Skelmersdale, Washingtn, Ashington & Blythe, Brixham

Rail 620 June 2009: HCC wants Croxley Rail link to open 2014 rather than 2017.

MR 3/10: New Beaulieu Park station northeast of Chelmsford, could open Spring 2015.

Rail 638 Feb 2010: TPX applies for L’pool South Parkway December 2010 timetable change.

Tweedbank 2014. Ludgershall : PPM on freight only line to Andover. New station at Belford on ECML, work starting in 2011?

Rail 637 Feb 2010: East Coast pulling out of Glasgow - replaced by XC. When? May 2011?
WAG first minister asking Network Rail to study re-openings: Bangor - Llangefni (Amlwch branch); Aberdare - Hirwaun. New station at Ilkeston 2012?

Rail 636 Feb 2010: Wellington re-opening by 2014? Campaign to re-open Saltney (Chester-Wrexham).

MR Feb 2010: Scotrail trains to Dunbar from May 2010 yes

Rail 641 April 2010: Midland Metro being extended to New Street, extension through to Five Ways postponed. Devon & Cornwall Railways Okehampton - Exeter St Jame's Park service should start May 23 2010?! Running late Rail 655 Oct 2010. Bradford Low Moor may open early 2013. Possible new station at Milton Malsor south of Northampton. Possible Dalmeny chord and station at Gogar by 2016.Tavistock line could open in 2014.

MR May 2010: Plans for new station at Kirkstall Forge submitted, Apperley Bridge nr Bradford plans approved for possible opening in 2012. Waterford - Rosslare due to close late 2010.

Rail 643 May 2010: New station proposed at Milton Road north of Cambridge on old St Ives branch. Go! Co-opeative proposes Yeovil Junction to Oxford service for 2011 (possible extension to Moor Street and Weymouth on Sundays).

Rail 643 April 2010: Idea for BML2.

Rail 640 March 2010: Possible two new stations on Coventry - Nuneaton lin at Ricoh Stadium and Bermuda Park Southend Airport should open midsummer. Kenilworth station may open in 2012.

MR March 2010: Possible new station at Beaulieu Park northeast of Chelmsford 2015.

Rail 637 Feb 2010: WAG commisioning an NR feasability study into re-opening Bangor to Llangefni and Aberdare to Hirwayn. Possible new station at Horsforth Woodside on Harrogate line close to Leeds Ring Road.

Rail 646 June 2010: Minster Rail wants Beverley-York reopened. COBRA campaigning to reopen Blacford station.Centro say no possibility of reopening Camp Hill line till 2014.

Rail 645 June 2010: Bradford Crossrail proposed. WAG proposing reopening Carno and Bow Street (north of Aberystwyth).

Smitham station is to be renamed as Coulsdon Town with effect from the May 2011 timetable change.

Rail 650 Aug 2010: Possible Stocksbridge reopening with stations at Deepcar, Wharncliffe Side & Oughtibridge with Sheffield station by Nunnery Square tramstop. Partners include SCC & SYPTE.

Rail 647 July 2010: Possible connection of Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway into Skipton - Yorkshire Dales Railways Museum Trust & JMP Consulting; new stations at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge under threat as are NET extensions.

MR June 2010: Planning permission given for new station at Green Park, Reading; North Somerset Council hopes to reopen Portishead branch with possible stations at Pill and Ashton Gate. New station at Oranmore in 2011 on Ireland western rail corridor and possible new station at Crusheen

Rail 652 9/2010: New station at Buckshaw (north of Chorley) opens autumn 2011.

Workington North closes October 12th 2010.

Rail : Metrolink station renamed Deansgate-Castlefield

Rail 657 : LM applying to extend to Preston May or Dec 2012; Grand Central Euston-Blackpool from May 2012; next West Coast franchise may include Blackpool; Metrolink closure of Woodlands Road and new stop at Abraham Moss Feb 2011.

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