People in the neighbourhood of Station Drive and councillors have received an update on the work to install a lift on Platform 1 at the railway station. Network Rail now hope to complete the work by the summer, pushed back from the previous estimate of completion by March. Station Drive will be closed overnight on three Saturdays, 10, 17 and 24 February to lift the lift into position. Problems with turning out of Tesco have been eased by moving the lights. The overnight road closures will not have a significant impact on the town but I will be asking for the lane closure on Station Drive to be lifted before Easter, which beginning of the main visitor season in our town. The extension means that the closure of park of Galdeford car park and on the station car park will continue for longer. This work is essential to ensure that […]
Work at the train station to install a lift will begin on Sunday 15 October. The lift will give access to the footbridge from Platform 1. A new power supply to the platforms, lighting and CCTV will also be installed along with emergency stairs and refuges. The work is due to last until next spring or summer. The lane closure will be in place throughout the station works, except over Christmas and New Year. Fourteen car parking spaces will also be lost for the duration of the work on the lower deck of Galdeford car park, along with spaces in the station car park for storage and welfare facilities. This work is essential to ensure the disabled people can access Platform 2. It will also benefit people with heavy luggage.
There was welcome news in Rishi Sunak’s announcements last week. There are many questions too. The welcome news from his announcement is that the £35bn that will be saved from axing HS2 north of Birmingham will not go into tax reductions or paying off some of the public debt but will be distributed around the country to fund roads, rail, and bus projects. Note the thinking there. Roads number one and rail number two. Buses are placed where they have always been, lagging at the end of sentences (and at the end of funding). Despite that, there may be money for rural bus services across Shropshire, including a demand responsive service to villages and hamlets. Improvements to park and ride sites are promised but there is no indication that this will extend beyond Shrewsbury to Ludlow. The Gobowen Oswestry rail link will be reinstated. The North West Relief Road around […]
Train station lift, Station Drive delays for 9 months – drop in session Thursday 31 August – line closure
The long awaited project to install a lift on Platform 1 of Ludlow rail station will commence in October. During the works, Station Drive outside the station will be restricted to one lane with contra flow traffic for nine months from October to May. Network Rail is holding a drop in session to explain its plans from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday 31 August at the Ludlow Mascall Centre. This lift is needed, as anyone with limited mobility will know. But I am concerned that there will be disruption to traffic for up to nine months. I have a lot of questions on why traffic restrictions need to be in place for so long and about the details of the traffic restrictions. In unrelated work, Transport for Wales is to close the line between Hereford and Shrewsbury from Tuesday 12 September to Thursday 21 September. Rail replacement buses will run.
Ludlow councillors and Philip Dunne have been working towards getting a lift installed at Ludlow Station for several years. The lift was approved under the Access for All Scheme in April 2019. Since then, it has gone rather quiet. Earlier this week I asked Network Rail what the current situation is. The response is: “The aim is to deliver the new Access for All footbridge at Ludlow station by March 2024 to meet DfT funding timescales. We have engaged a contractor to take forward detailed design and will share drawings when these become available.” This very good news though I wish it could be sooner.