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11.04.16

Network Rail join partnership to build up to 10,000 new homes near railway stations

Up to 10,000 new houses and businesses will be built near railway stations under a new agreement between Network Rail and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Local councils are being called on to take part in the scheme, which aims to contribute to regeneration of stations similar to that already seen at Birmingham New Street, Manchester Victoria and London King’s Cross.

The first proposals under the scheme are to build up to 2,500 new homes near York station, to remodel the station layout and carpark at Taunton and to redevelop land by Swindon station.

A Network Rail spokesperson said:  “Network Rail has been unlocking land for development for over a decade, providing space for thousands of new homes and businesses while generating income to reinvest back into the railway.

“From huge regeneration projects like King’s Cross to dozens of smaller examples across Britain, we’ve worked closely with a range of partner organisations to support economic growth and help communities thrive.”

Network Rail are currently reviewing their entire estate to identify land to be unlocked for development.

Greg Clark MP, the communities secretary, said: “We’re determined to fire up communities and back local business so they build much needed housing and create thousands of jobs. Rail stations are a hub of communities, connectivity and commerce and should be making the most of their unique potential to attract investment and opportunities.

“With record numbers of people travelling by train, it makes sense to bring people closer to stations and develop sites that have space for thousands of new homes and offices.

“This new initiative will bring about a step change in development and ensure we go further and faster in putting these rail sites to good use.”

(Image c. Yui Mok from Press Association Images)

Comments

Andrew Gwilt   11/04/2016 at 22:18

Well Beaulieu Park railway station on the Great Eastern Main Line in northeast Chelmsford is due to be built in around 2019/2020 with new homes to be built as part of the Beaulieu Park development between 2017/2018-2021/2022. http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/beaulieustation http://www.essexchronicle.co.uk/City-new-railway-station-seven-years/story-28328140-detail/story.html http://www.essexchronicle.co.uk/Developers-pound-70m-infrastructure-deal/story-20799528-detail/story.html http://www.essexchronicle.co.uk/Work-starts-pound-1bn-new-3-600-home-development/story-24561144-detail/story.html https://www.google.co.uk/?ion=1&espv=2#q=beaulieu+park+station

Guest   11/04/2016 at 23:47

Andrew... That's irrelevant to this article, Network Rail doesn't own the land under development there.

Lutz   12/04/2016 at 01:50

There are great opportunities with sites such as Wimbledon, Clapham, Stratford, Croydon, Watford etc.

Nonsuchmike   12/04/2016 at 12:35

On the face of it, this article seems to portray a marvelous way of unlocking potentially thousands of modestly priced new homes with convenient transport on their doorstep. However, I urge caution here. Network rail should take a care that they do release land which can be/should be used for dualling a single line, for re-instating a disused line to improve connectability, and for improving station facilities such as lengthening/building new platforms, car parks or ease of access. In addition, separation of grade improvements to facilitate extra services or quicker journeys by dive-unders or fly-overs should be factored in to future plans. Having said that, the forward thinking of NWR by joining in with these proposals is to be applauded. Despite the gain-sayers, half a million new affordable houses spread across GB is entirely possible given the will to effect the plan, so why shouldn't some (but not all) of them be built adjacent to existing rail connections to the benefit of those existing whole communities as well as the individuals who will move there.

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