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Network Rail publishes £1.4bn private project pipeline

Network Rail has published a pipeline of construction projects worth at least £1.4bn for which it will be seeking private funding in the next control period.

The delayed list, originally set to be released in December 2017, includes 30 multi-million-pound enhancement schemes across England, Scotland and Wales deemed suitable for third-party funding.

The schemes to be developed in Control Period 6 are worth at least £1.4bn, according to Network Rail’s lowest estimate, but the combined value is likely to be far higher.

A number of the proposed projects are worth in excess of £100m, such as the construction of new rail links to serve the existing Sellafield decommissioning site and the proposed £10bn nuclear plant at Moorside.

Other £100m-plus schemes include increasing capacity on the line between Coventry and Leamington, and electrification work to improve train speeds between Exeter and Plymouth.

The redevelopment of Victoria station, Oxford station and the expansion of Birmingham’s University station are listed as schemes for which Network Rail wants to attract third-party funding.

Network Rail stressed it was a list of potential opportunities for third parties, and inclusion did not mean a project would definitely be taken forward.

The publication comes as transport secretary Chris Grayling called on the private sector to submit proposals for new rail schemes that can be financially viable without government support.

The Department for Transport yesterday published guidance on how to bring proposals forward to the government.

Mr Grayling also invited companies to bid to finance and build a privately funded rail line between Waterloo and Heathrow Airport, which is expected to be worth up to £1.6bn.

The moves are part of a drive from the government to increase the level of private funding for rail enhancement projects.

In February it was revealed Network Rail had not set aside any of its £47bn funding package for new enhancement schemes.

Last September, Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne promised the pipeline of projects by December, but this was delayed following the collapse of Carillion.

To encourage private funders, Network Rail has now set up a network of business development managers across its eight rail routes to provide a point of contact for potential third-party funders.

Network Rail has said the list is not definitive and that it is keen to add more schemes as and when the opportunities arise.

 Project DescriptionCurrent development stageEstimated project value 
Anglia Trowse Swingbridge Doubling of Trowse Swing Bridge to support
additional capacity on the Great Eastern Main Line
and Norwich to Ely / Cambridge Service.
Grip 0 £50-£100m
  Loop north  To create overtaking capability on the Great Eastern
Main Line to support increased train services to meet
customer demand.
GRIP0 £100m +
  Haughley Junction doubling   GRIP2/3 £11-£50m
  Ely Area service improvements A programme of enhancements to address the short
and medium term demand within the Ely Area:
• Improvements to Level Crossings;
• Strengthening of structures;
• Freight Headway improvements;
• Track Layout amendments;
• Traction power increases, if required.
GRIP 3 £100m +
London North Eastern and East Midlands  Leeds Station  Refurbishment of station. Scope will depend on level
of funding available.
GRIP 0 £100m +
  Ashington Blyth & Tyne  Whole line upgrade providing journey time
improvements and increased capacity. Benefits more
social than commercial.
GRIP 2 £100m+
  West Yorkshire Combined Authority new stations New stations promoted by local authorities
(including: Leeds - Thorpe Park, Elland, Harrogate
Parkway, Leeds - Millshaw).
GRIP 0 £11-£50m
London North Western Cumbrian Coast Line Upgrade  Programme to deliver capacity to enable several
third party energy-related developments, including
NuGen at Moorside, works at Sellafield and West
Cumbrian Mining.
GRIP 1 £100m +
  Coventry - Leamington Capacity  To facilitate long term aspirations to route an
existing long distance cross-country service from the
South Coast to the North via Coventry, rather than
its current routeing via Solihull. This would improve
connectivity for Coventry, between Birmingham
Airport and the North East, and with an HS2 station
at Birmingham Interchange after 2026.
GRIP 2 £100m +
  Bicester London Road Level Crossing  Project to enable closure of level crossing and to
support the growth of Bicester, particularly housing.
GRIP 2 £11m-£50m
  University Station, Birmingham Increased passenger capacity to meet current
and future passenger numbers; enhanced station
facilities.
GRIP 3 £11m-£50m
Scotland Perth Station Refurbishment Depending on the level of funding available, options
could range from station refresh to a wholescale
refurbishment and reconfiguration.
GRIP 1 £11m-£50m
South East Stations capacity programme (Lewisham, Peckham and Denmark Hill) Enhancements to ease passenger congestion at
these stations.
Pre-GRIP £11m-£50m
  Victoria Station redevelopment To regenerate Victoria station, replace roof and
improve passenger flows through station.
Pre-GRIP £100m +
  Victoria Station Roof  Replacement works (this renewal may be subsumed
by Victoria Station redevelopment – see above).
Pre-GRIP £50m-£100m
Wales Cardiff Central Station Redevelopment of Cardiff Central Station. Pre-GRIP £50m-£100m
Wessex Waterloo Exit 2 Project to resolve congestion issues at the Jubilee
line entrance to LUL from main concourse, including
interface with highways, bus stops etc..
Pre-GRIP £11-£50m
  Barnes Station Enhancement Scheme Station enhancement scheme. Pre-Grip Up to £10m
  Walton-on-Thames Station enhancement scheme. Pre-GRIP Up to £10m
Western Paddington Station Concourse Provision of country-end concourse and platform
extensions to reduce station congestion.
GRIP 0 £100m +
  Train detection Paddington to Airport Junction Asset renewal to improving signalling system
reliability.
GRIP 2 £11m-£50m
  Oxford Station Masterplan Improved passenger facilities (capacity, parking,
transport interchange etc.).
GRIP 1 £100m +
  Bristol East Junction  Remodel to provide additional capacity and
capability.
GRIP 3 £50 - £100m
  Speed to the West - Devon Banks Discrete electrification over Devon Banks, part of a
suite of interventions reducing journey times and
improving connectivity to the west.
GRIP 1 £100m +
  Coastal Resilience  Improving the resilience of the railway Exeter to
Teignmouth.
GRIP 2 £100m +
Freight  West Anglia Main Line clearance To enable use by wider range of freight traffic. GRIP 2-3 £11m-£50m
  Gauge clearance
between Syston and
Sheet Stores /Trent Jncs.
Enhanced loading gauge to provide WCML alternative
routing for enable intermodal traffic and link East
Midlands terminals to Felixstowe / North corridor
GRIP 1-2 Up to £10m
  Structures enhancement projects Tactical interventions network-wide to alleviate
current capacity sapping speed restrictions for heavy
weight traffics.
GRIP 2 Up to £10m
  Southall End user funded re-development of under-utilised
railway land for new multi-tenant bulk traffic
campus; meeting W London construction sector rail
linked production facility demand.
Masterplan underway Up to £10m
  Newhaven End user funded re-development of under-utilised
railway land for new rail linked marine aggregates
load out facility; serving London/SE construction
sector rail facility demand
Masterplan complete. Property deal complete Up to £10m

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