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  • New stations fund

    Local communities are to get improved access to rail services in England and Wales thanks to a further £20m fund to help towards the cost of building new stations

  • The launch of the second round of the “New Stations Fund” demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the delivery of new station projects across the country. The programme is delivered by working in partnership with local bodies who contribute third party funding in order to realise longer term benefits to passengers, customers, local communities and the wider economy.
    The New Stations funding stream represents an important part of the ambitious investment programme in Britain’s railways, delivering real and visible improvements for passengers and customers. The first round of the New Stations fund helped deliver Pye Corner in Wales, Newcourt in Devon, Lea Bridge in London and is in the process of delivering Ilkeston near Derby and Kenilworth near Coventry.

    Norrie Courts, Director of Stations, Network Rail

    The funding will be distributed through a competition so that all promoters of new stations, which meet the conditions, have an equal opportunity of securing a funding contribution.

    New Stations Fund

    The first competition period ran from 24 January 2013 to 25 February 2013. A cross-industry awards panel met to consider all applications received by the closing date and selected 5 station projects:

    • Pye Corner, Wales – opened 14 December 2014
    • Newcourt, Exeter – opened 4 June 2015
    • Lea Bridge, London – opened 16 May 2016
    • Ilkeston, Derby – in progress
    • Kenilworth, Warwickshire – in progress

    New Stations Fund 2

    The competition for the NSF2 will run from 26 August 2016 to 25 November 2016, all applications must be received by this closing date. The proposals must have the written support of relevant train operating companies and Network Rail. While the New Stations Fund will contribute towards the cost of scheme construction, bidders must have available a portion of match funding of the project cost.

    Full details of the application criteria are in the guidance and supporting documents

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