North welcomes New Stations Fund success stories

Rail North and Transport for the North welcome news that two new railway stations in the North have been successful in securing over £8.6 million from the Government’s second ‘New Stations Fund’ competition.

Warrington West in Cheshire and Horden in County Durham were two of five successful bids from 19 entrants who were competing for a share of a £20 million pot aimed at encouraging the development of new stations where they are most needed.

Rail North Director, David Hoggarth, speaking on behalf of Rail North and Transport for the North, said: “It is heartening to see that over half of the funding awarded in this competition has gone to station projects in the North. In total £16.5 million was allocated this time round and this money will top-up funds already allocated for these projects ensuring they can be delivered to time and to standard by 2020.

“Rail infrastructure in the North is now increasingly being seen as a key focal point on the national agenda and improvements to our rail infrastructure are vital if we are to have a truly mobile workforce and a growing economy.”

Warrington West station

In the North West, the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Local Growth Fund has already earmarked £6.5 million for the development of the new Warrington West station which will give better access from Warrington to Liverpool and Manchester and which will serve the developing Omega and Lingley Mere employment sites. The extra £4.23 million from the New Station Fund competition will now secure the development of the ‘aircraft hangar style station’ with two platforms and 268 car parking spaces.

Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for transport, Cllr Hans Mundry, said: “We’re delighted to have received this substantial funding. It shows the confidence the government has in the growth of our town – and our region – and our success in attracting businesses here.”

Artist’s impression of Warrington West station following this investment

Horden station

In County Durham, Durham County Council has been leading a proposal for a new station at Horden which will give better links to East Durham. The new station will include full access for the disabled with over 100 car parking spaces and bus, taxi and cycling facilities. The station could generate up to 70,000 trips per year. Over 40 per cent of the £10.55 million project will now be funded by a £4.4 million New Stations Fund grant with the council and the North East Combined Authority providing the rest.

Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, said: “We are delighted with this announcement from the Department of Transport, which marks a significant milestone in the project to create a railway station at Horden.

“The station, which we expect to be complete by 2020, will greatly enhance commuters’ ability to reach employment sites across the region and will be served by more than 20 trains a day heading north and south. It will also act as a park and ride, with spaces for at least 100 cars.

“We believe it will serve as a significant focus for regeneration in this coastal community.

“There is already considerable support for this project regionally, with funding in place from the North East Combined Authority and ourselves, and it is good to see this has now been nationally recognised.”