Alternative Plans for Poulton's Fleetwood branch station.

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http://www.pwrs.org/poulton-station-alternative-proposal/
This is in response to Network Rail's plan to cut the Fleetwood Branch connection to the mainline. The link shows some station track layouts which aren't on the quoted section.

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From the link above:
by Poulton & Wyre Railway Society:

Alternative Proposal

The Poulton & Wyre Railway Trust (PWRT) working on behalf of the PWRS have come up with an alternative proposal. It is slightly more expensive than the current NR plan however, it answers all the questions posed above and delivers a station car park and community rail interchange fit for the 21st century. Included are artist’s impressions of how the station could look, schematics of both NRs simplistic proposal and the PWRTs alternative plan and some historic pictures showing clearly the space available.Both schemes include the removal of the low speed 20mph junction however, whereas the NR scheme allows for a line speed increase from 20mph to 50mph the PWRT scheme allows for a 70mph line which will inevitably reduce the risk of delays to what is going to be a busy railway. The alternative proposal clearly shows a new platform 3, with lift and steps however, the extra cost of modifying the current Preston bound platform should be taken into account and is thought to be far more expensive than building a new modular platform to replace it. Remember we are in a conservation area, any modifications to the current platform will have to be carried out sensitively using original materials. New modular platforms are easily installed and can quite cheaply be made to fit sensitively in historic settings.The new Blackpool bound (down line) is already there in the undergrowth and was one of the former station sidings. It would of course be re-laid to modern standards however, a new formation would not be required.

Future Connection

The alternative proposal allows for a simple reconnection of the Fleetwood line to the national network, should a viable business case be developed.

Signalling

The alternative plan does not add to the cost of the signalling scheme, as it remains exactly the same bar the positioning of the signals themselves.

Benefits

A new 300 space (chargeable) car park could be built with a new exit provided on Sheringham Way, this would alleviate the congestion at peak hours around the Breck area and allow for a residents parking scheme to be introduced.During the rebuilding, this alternative proposal would allow the railway to remain open Monday – Friday and would only require closure at weekends (maximum two or three) Having not had sight of NRs planned works timetable, this report surmises that the current proposal would see the line shut for a number of weeks if not months. Any compensation (bus replacement costs etc) paid to the TOCs could in effect be put towards this alternative proposal. To put it simply, the new railway can easily be built while the current one remains in use.Increased ticket sales for the TOCs and a share of the car park revenue.Line speed through the station would be increased significantly reducing delays to a very busy railway.An excellent future interchange for the heritage/community railway which has the potential to reduce congestion on the A585.

Conclusion

We believe that this alternative proposal is a realistic, efficient and cost effective way to deliver a railway station fit for purpose. The rail industry has far too often failed to look at the wider consequences of its actions and as a result we are spending millions of pounds to correct past ill thought out no growth schemes. Don’t let Poulton-le-Fylde become one of those failures, let’s work together to deliver something we can all be proud of.
 
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This has been discussed before.
I still think that the best option is to run trams. Reserved up to somewhere just short of the shopping outlet place (Freeport), then street running to connect up to the existing system in Fleetwood. (by this point the existing tram tracks are only about 100m to the west)
 
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That is a good idea, it would go closer to the town centre and be cheaper to travel on. But the overhead wires are probably the big problem.
If the Lytham extention is to happen, it would make sense to connect Poulton too.
 
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