The UK's first Tram Train will arrive in South Yorkshire today. The 37 metre long vehicle is able to run on both street tram lines and the rail network. It will be used to transport passengers between Sheffield and Rotherham from 2017 as part of a two year pilot scheme.
Plans for an ambitious transport hub that would regenerate central Lincoln could soon move a step closer.
City of Lincoln Council’s Executive will be asked tonight to agree the next stages of development that will allow the £29 million Central Lincoln Transport Hub scheme to progress.
Plans for the project were revealed in January this year. The scheme includes the creation of an integrated transport hub, comprising a new fit-for-purpose bus station adjacent to an improved train station, dual-purpose footbridge over the railway connecting St Mary’s Street and Tentercroft Street, and a 1,000 space multi-storey car park.
A new, fit for purpose transport hub is vital to ensure the city’s economic future and this is a hugely important project for the people of Lincoln, in addition to visitors and businesses as well. It’s therefore essential we do everything within our power to progress this much-needed project, which will ensure the vitality of our city centre. An integrated transport interchange in the heart of the city to serve residents, businesses and visitors, achieving the growth the city needs.
The station manager for First TransPennine Express has had his first look at the engineering work which is disrupting services between West and East Yorkshire throughout August. David Hatfield says it is great to see so much happening on site and thinks it is easy to underestimate the scale of the task:
Engineers working on the old swing bridge at Selby say the work is running to time.
Train passengers travelling between East and West Yorkshire are currently having to get replacement buses. Michael Billington reports.
One of the contractors working on the upgrade of Selby swing bridge which is causing disruption for passengers travelling through there during August says trains should run much more smoothly when the work is complete. Jamie Kelly has been explaining how the new track is being fitted to the structure:
The man in charge of the upgrade to Selby swing bridge says the project is a major piece of engineering. Darryl White is coordinating a team of contractors working around the clock to complete the work within six weeks and says it is going well so far:
One week into major repairs on Selby's swing bridge, Network Rail say the renovation is on target. £14m is being spent on the project to replace sections of the structure, fit new hydraulics and track and repaint it. Spokesman Michael Goodeve says he is pleased with how it is progressing:
The station manager for First TransPennine Express says he is pleased with how passengers are coping with the revised timetable around Selby which has now started while major engineering work takes place. David Hatfield says the priority is to keep people moving:
Engineering work has started to repair the swing bridge at Selby. The train line across it is now closed for six weeks with some services being replaced by buses as a new timetable is introduced.
A new timetable is in operation for the duration of the upgrade which Network Rail says will safeguard the structure of the bridge for the future.
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