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Railwatch 084 - June 2000

North Midlands

By Bill Collins

Reopening hope A feasibility study into the reopening of the Matlock-Buxton line is being funded to the tune of £800,000 by Derbyshire County Council.

Pride Park Work has started on a footbridge to connect Derby station with Derby County's soccer stadium at Pride Park. Two hundred extra car parking spaces are also being provided, partly on the site of redundant sidings.

Future plans The branch has put in a written response to Railtrack's Network Management Statement which was launched at Derby.

Road mania The Government's 10-year roads review, out in the summer, is expected to recommend adding a fourth lane to the M1 in Nottinghamshire, pre-empting the M1 multi-modal study in which the branch is participating.

Derbyshire failed to invite RDS to contribute to its Local Transport Plan.

RDS did contribute to the Nottinghamshire Local Transport Plan which provides for upgrading all rail stations to equal stations on the Robin Hood line. Major work is proposed at Retford and Newark Castle.

Integration Bus operator Roadcar is keen to introduce through tickets via Newark Castle and is willing to retime buses to meet trains.

Help Worksop station may get an information system advising on bus alternatives when trains are delayed or cancelled.

Hold-up Central Trains is refusing to cooperate with bus-train ticketing on the Nottingham-Grantham corridor for "revenue reasons".

Rail land Rail Property Ltd insists the Old Dalby test track could still be used even if it is sold off.

Robin Hood line Trent Buses wants to run buses to compete with the railway between Hucknall and Nottingham. Tickets will not be inter-available between the Robin Hood line and the new Nottingham light rail line.

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