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Shut down and ripped up

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The Colwich — Stoke — Manchester route is listed twice in the most promising uses of ‘capacity released by the HS2 high speed railway’ in Greengauge 21’s “High-Speed Rail Development Programme 2008/9 Workstream 1″ (2009).

Classic capacity release listed in Greengauge 21 'High-Speed Rail Development Programme 2008/9 Workstream 1'

But in its August 2014 report “Stoke and Staffordshire can be key HS2 beneficiaries – as well as Crewe” Greengauge 21 proposed that the “most promising” Colwich line should be shut down and ripped up.

Closure of Colwich - Stone railway proposed by Greengauge 21

Written by beleben

September 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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  1. Has Dr. Beeching returned …

    “There are also some wider benefits from line closure. Three road level
    crossings would be eliminated, enhancing safety and reducing delays. The
    junctions at Colwich and Stone would be eliminated, and in the case of
    Colwich, this should allow a useful increase in line speed on the West Coast
    Main Line, shortening journey times, (including for the proposed HS2 services
    to Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent) and reducing track maintenance costs. There
    would be similar savings at Stone where it may be possible more easily to
    implement the platform extensions needed to enable Cross Country services
    on the Stoke-on-Trent – Stafford route to make stations calls that are
    currently not possible. And the materials retrieved from the line (track, ballast
    etc) should be re-usable on other parts of the network as replacements fall


    September 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm

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