Tuesday, December 13, 2022

News: Rotherham mainline could cost over £100m


A potential new station on the mainline in Rotherham has been given an overall price of £107.6m and a timeline for its arrival.

The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and Rotherham Council have been developing a scheme to return mainline train services to the borough for the first time since the 1980s. A site at Parkgate is the frontrunner for a regeneration project described by experts as "a relatively straightforward scheme for delivery within three to four years."

£10m in funding has been secured for land assembly and a lead consultant has been procured to produce a masterplan study for the station area but delivery has not been helped by a Government decision to not allow SYMCA to use the full £8m requested from its City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) for the project. Instead, the SYMCA is being allowed to only spend up to £1m from the pot between now and 2027 to "develop the Outline Business Case (OBC) for an integrated mainline and tram-train station."

The transport board at SYMCA is being asked to progress the DfT retained scheme to the outline business case stage and approve the use of the £1m.

A SYMCA report explains: "The project will deliver a new integrated (Mainline and Tram-Train) station which will significantly improve local, regional, and national rail connectivity. The release of development costs funding will enable design work to be completed, modelling work and OBC document preparation.

"The scheme is a new railway station on the Midland mainline adjacent to industrial and potential new housing developments, with the aim of making public transport more accessible to new and existing adjacent residents otherwise using their car for most journeys. The proposal includes a tram-train stop to attract more usage to the tram and rail networks."

The report shows that the total project cost is £107.6m. £99.5m for the station and £7.1m for the tram-train stop.

As for timescales, the report adds that the development of a more detailed full business case will take until summer 2025 and a further three years is estimated for procurement and construction. The report states that: "The constraining factor on acceleration is Network Rail" which echoes previous delays to transport projects in Rotherham such as the revamp of Rotherham Central station and the tram-train trial.

The £10m for land assembly is from the Town Deal, which needs to be spent by 2024, before a full business case is due to be completed.

Andrew Moss, Interim Head of Transport Infrastructure at Rotherham Council, said recently that he was "optimistic that we will have a sound business case in about a year's time and the follow-on funding will be granted.

Images: Weston Williams + Partners


Anonymous,  December 13, 2022 at 12:31 PM  

Total rubbish,no way in this world will it cost £107mil,I've just worked on a new build station and total cost was only £14mil.Its only a case of building platforms at location,they're not planning extra lines and platforms and line is already mainline standard,so no need for new tracks, possibly just extra signals,as said don't believe that amount for a minute,more likely trying to make out project is too expensive so to make it unviable,that or someone's trying to cream money!

Anonymous,  December 13, 2022 at 3:28 PM  

I’m sure the figure recently mentioned was £30 +million ! It probably won’t get built anyway so I wouldn’t worry!

Anonymous,  December 13, 2022 at 3:48 PM  

I’ll knock you up a station for £20m. You just leave that £87m in my back pocket.

Anonymous,  December 13, 2022 at 4:43 PM  

I think it would be fantastic to see Rotherham back on the main line, but I genuinely don't understand the case for building the station at Parkgate.

I'm aware that the old Masbro' station site may not necessarily be fit for purpose any longer, but a CPO on it and bringing it back into use would surely be the best option?

If that's a none-starter, then personally, I would have thought that a location on the line somewhere near the site of the old station would be a better option as that would help to stimulate regeneration near to the town centre.

After all, you will probably get football fans using the station if it's fairly centrally located but I can't see many Londoners wanting to get on at King Cross to experience the delights Retail World has to offer!

Anonymous,  December 14, 2022 at 9:42 AM  

Totally agree with all you say.

Anonymous,  December 14, 2022 at 11:06 AM  

Regards the comment above regarding masbro station,,even to demolish the station to rebuild would be a massive and long task,all work would have to be done under possession on night's,which would only be around 4 hours per night,hence why a site like Parkgate where much more work can be done whilst lines are open is the better option.I work on railway .

Anonymous,  December 14, 2022 at 3:35 PM  

What a load of rubbish-have a look at some of the projects down South, this is small scale compared to them! Or maybe stick to Hornby.

Anonymous,  December 15, 2022 at 12:30 AM  

Yeah I'm sure government is going to chuck nealy £20 billion at us to build a spangly new underground line.........

Anonymous,  December 15, 2022 at 11:23 AM  

Down south,where the countries money is made,not Rotherham,where frankly we basically take!

Anonymous,  December 15, 2022 at 11:27 AM  

Yes,got to agree,I work on railway too,think some people have little or no idea of the short amounts of time when you can actually carry out work that is within 6ft (2m)of an operational railway line,would take many weeks to demolish the station ,which all adds to costs.

Anonymous,  December 20, 2022 at 1:53 AM  

How on earth does the public ever get to see these plans before adding constructive suggestions?

Anonymous,  December 20, 2022 at 12:11 PM  

Anonymous..think the project your maybe refering to down south that's cost billions is cross rail a totally brand new line much underground,totally different to problems you have with a project on a open operational line...suggest you stick to your Hornby set..or do some research!

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