Network Rail regulation and performance

06.08.18

Network Rail electrification plans stalled after council rejects bridge removal bid

Campaigners are celebrating after plans from Network Rail to demolish a bridge as part of its electrification scheme were rejected by a local council.

The Vale of the White Horse council in Oxfordshire made the landmark decision last week against judgements of planning officers for the authority.

Network Rail said that the removal of the bridge was necessary for its electrification of the line— yet campaigners have argued that it would have a detrimental impact on the surrounding economy and would have caused a 10-month road closure which cuts off a major route into the village.

Vale of White Horse District Council’s planning committee rejected NR’s application at its meeting on Thursday night, claiming that the benefit for the wider area had not been demonstrated.

Conservative councillor for Steventon & the Hanneys, Matthew Barber, said “common sense prevailed.”

A spokesperson for Vale of White Horse District Council commented: “At last night’s meeting Planning Committee heard from a number of interested parties, including Steventon Parish Council and Network Rail. Following consideration of all the information presented committee determined that there is no convincing justification for demolishing the bridge. 

“Steventon Overbridge is a Grade 2 listed structure and removing it would be harmful to the local area and contrary to a number of local and national planning policies.” 

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “We are disappointed that the Vale of White Horse District Council rejected the planning application for the demolition and replacement of the railway bridge at Steventon. We are currently considering our options, and looking to submit an appeal.”

Enjoying RTM? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

Image credit: Geography

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, ... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beg... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous mil... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >