True, but isn't there some sort of planning policy in place to protect routes?I think there's a vid on the GC website explaining their plans. Ambitious, expensive but achievable.
Local planners rarely take account of redundant railway structures, they have no reason to - they're planning for the future (as they see it) not the past.
It's also hugely frustrating that the bowstring bridge would not fit the Loughborough gap. It would have been very convenient. I hope it happens one day (contributing a big slice of money to the project is on my 'if I win Euromillions' list) with turning facilities at either end of the line and decent connections to the city centre.It rules out reconnecting Leicester Central, though I thought the station buildings were secure as it's in use as part of an industrial estate now.
I don't know of any such protection in mainland Britain. Even routes that are only OOU get encroached upon. The original Portishead station is separated from the line by a road, and the other stations have been sold off. One lucky buyer has built a conservatory on the platform, that's going to be interesting when the line reopens.True, but isn't there some sort of planning policy in place to protect routes?
Excellent! That's one on the list for when it opens.Had a go on the north section yesterday & looked some of the interpretation at the 'heritage centre'.
My impression is that for the North group, prioritising an interim solution of starting work on the Loughborough high level station, would seem to make sense, it would be a lot cheaper than a bridge over the MML. I think it might be just inside the boundary of GCR(N) land so wouldn't require NR approvals. (the location is adjacent to the Brush Transformers site). Depending on long term plans, this might be a permanent or temporary station, could just be a platform & portacabin in the first instance.
They could then run a vintage bus between the 3 Loughborough stations (High level, Midland and Central). (initially on selected weekends) & allow people to travel Leicester- Ruddington. I think this could significantly increase ticket take & raise the profile of both GCR sections which would help with funding to do the rest of the link-up.