Monday, September 7, 2020

News: New mainline Rotherham station put forward to Government

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Hopes for a new mainline station in Rotherham have been given a boost with it being put forward to the Government as part of plans to improve connectivity between northern cities as well as between London, the Midlands and the north.

The Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the north is framed by the Government's commitment to bring forward transformational rail improvements along the HS2 route as quickly as possible.

The Sheffield city region (SCR) has been asked for its input, and having already put together its own Integrated Rail Plan, the mayoral combined authority (MCA) has put forward a number of high profile schemes and projects where it believes the Government should intervene.

Interventions include things like the HS2 "Northern Loop" out of Sheffield to Leeds, completing the electrification of the Midland Mainline and a national rail connection to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

It also includes: "A new [Northern Powerhouse Rail] NPR station on the Midland Mainline at Rotherham which will significantly enhance regional and national rail connectivity for Rotherham and open up development opportunities. This should be integrated with the tram-train network to connect to the town centre."

A 2018 study concluded that new stations in Rotherham and in the Dearne Valley (Goldthorpe) on a proposed NPR line could boost the economic benefits from HS2.

A new mainline station for Rotherham and a Barnsley Dearne Valley parkway station are set to be progressed through NPR and not HS2. A location for the Rotherham station has not yet been confirmed.

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Rotherham has not benefited from intercity rail connectivity since the late 1980s when the station at Masbrough was closed. Currently, local connections to Sheffield and Doncaster are available with an hourly, hour long service to Leeds.

A paper to the SCR MCA states: "There is the opportunity through NPR to transform the connectivity of Rotherham and the Dearne Valley. New mainline stations at Rotherham and Barnsley Dearne Valley would transform their strategic connectivity, reconnecting Rotherham to the intercity rail network and achieving a step-change in accessibility to the labour markets of Leeds and Sheffield as well as the national network. By doing so they can also provide a catalyst for accelerated regeneration and housing growth in the surrounding areas.

Initial analysis by TfN shows how the Barnsley Dearne Valley and Rotherham stations can grow the rail market in South Yorkshire with around 3,500 additional passengers per day at Barnsley Dearne Valley. This will reduce the need for cars to travel into towns and cities and encourage sustainable travel, with approximately 1,000 fewer car trips per day."

Aspirations are for two trains per hour between Doncaster and Sheffield, serving Rotherham, two trains per hour between Sheffield and Leeds, serving Rotherham, and for one train per hour between Rotherham and London.

The paper also confirms that Transport for the North (TfN), which brings together representatives from across the North, is also proposing a new NPR station on the main line at Rotherham. It adds: "This station will allow NPR trains between Sheffield and Leeds and Hull to stop there and will significantly enhance regional rail connectivity for Rotherham, enabling residents and businesses to capitalise on the benefits generated from NPR services. The Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes NPR service could also stop at the proposed station."

Another Rotherham scheme put forward is a permanent tram-train service between Sheffield and Rotherham, extending the network to Doncaster and Doncaster Sheffield Airport, via Swinton in Rotherham. This is seen as critical to releasing capacity for HS2 and NPR services.

Dan Jarvis, mayor of the Sheffield city region, said: "Our city region sits on the boundary between the North and the Midlands and also at a key juncture between HS2 and NPR. We therefore want to ensure we secure a more integrated approach to the design and delivery of these two major rail projects as well as services linking the North and Midlands."

On the interventions, he adds: "Completion of this package of improvements would deliver a HS2 and NPR-ready section of the network within the next ten years."

Images: HS2 Ltd

11 comments:

Anonymous,  September 7, 2020 at 10:54 AM  

Would it not make sense to use Rotherham Central for Tram Train services only if future expansion happens, keeping local frequent capacity to Sheffield, Parkgate and latterly Swinton, Doncaster and the airport if that branch happens. Then reopon Masbrough for limited mainline services which would then separate the track capacity issues in the region. If that isn't viable and the network capacity can be handled the only place for a station is the old Masbrough site.

Anonymous,  September 7, 2020 at 11:38 AM  

The Orient Express restaurant at Masbrough Station has closed down recently, I wonder if there is any connection?

Rod September 7, 2020 at 12:18 PM  

With congestion north of Rotherham town centre (Parkgate area) and Masbrough being both at a junction and already having platform faces in place (though in need of renovation) I agree that Masbrough is the best place (freeing Central for Tram Trains only). As I’ve said on here before, part of the old (up for sale but never sold) bus garage site could be for used parking. Wouldn’t it be possible to build a “chord” from Masbrough to town, a la ‘Holmes Chord’, to link Masbrough to town/Rotherham Central for Tram Trains? Plenty of possibilities if people are determined enough...

Anonymous,  September 7, 2020 at 12:28 PM  

Purchase it whilst you can Roth Council, otherwise it will cost a lot more with an occupier and legal costs to get a CPO.

Anonymous,  September 7, 2020 at 4:52 PM  

Another 'wish list' for Rotherham! All this means nothing without action, e.g. making 'Holmes Chord' two tracks - still waiting or dropped?. By the way, didn't we had two trains an hour to Doncaster for most of the day before Covid?

Anonymous,  September 7, 2020 at 5:38 PM  

This has been talked about for years & even if it does go ahead it won’t happen anytime soon! I
s it nailed on Masbrough? Or is there other locations?

Mr me September 8, 2020 at 12:11 AM  

Only need Holmes chord,dual tracking, if Central Station is to get mainline services, problem with that is, platforms are too short and not much room for expansion or parking. I would say either old Masborough Station or site on Greasbrough Road, which is vacant is most likely.

Craig1987 September 8, 2020 at 8:59 AM  

They need to seriously look into re-opening the Maltby line into the town centre. The traffic getting in and out of Maltby is horrendous and only getting worse with more developments in the area.

BabylonBrookes September 8, 2020 at 10:23 AM  

https://twitter.com/BabylonBrookes/status/1303261865745821697?s=19

Anonymous,  September 8, 2020 at 11:59 AM  

There is no line from Maltby to Rotherham. It ran from either Dinnington or Doncaster according to your direction of travel.

Unknown September 8, 2020 at 2:17 PM  

I totally agree , Maltby is a large town and has to much traffic running both into and out of aswell as passing through .
Sometimes you cannot get out of the junctions onto rotherham Rd, and travelling though to hellaby and on into Wickersley is manic

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