New Stations Fund

A £20m fund towards the cost of building new stations is helping give local communities improved access to rail services in England and Wales

The funding is distributed through a competition, giving all promoters of new stations who meet the conditions 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 five projects:

  • Pye Corner, Wales – opened 14 December 2014
  • Newcourt, Exeter – opened 4 June 2015
  • Lea Bridge, London – opened 16 May 2016
  • Ilkeston, Derby – opened 2 April 2017
  • Kenilworth, Warwickshire – 30 April 2018

New Stations Fund 2

The competition for the New Stations Fund 2 ran from 26 August to 25 November 2016. The proposals required the written support of relevant train companies and Network Rail.

The five successful proposals were announced by Paul Maynard MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rail, Accessibility and HS2, on 28 July 2017 during a visit to Warrington.

  • Warrington West station – Cheshire – Opened 15th December 2019
  • Bow Street station – Ceredigion, Wales – Opened 14th February 2021
  • Horden Peterlee station – County Durham – Opened 29th June 2020
  • Reading Green Park station – Berkshire – Opened 27th May 2023
  • Portway Parkway – Bristol – Opened 1st August 2023

New Stations Fund 3

The Competition for New Stations Fund 3 was announced on the 28th January 2020 and ran until June 2020. The proposals required the written support of relevant train companies and Network Rail. 

On 26 November, the Department for Transport confirmed that three railway stations had been successful for funding to support their construction as part of an enlarged £32m fund, the successful stations are to be completed within CP6 with a deadline for completion April 2024. 

The successful stations that were announced are: 

  • Edginswell – Torquay 
  • Thanet Parkway – Kent – opened 31st July 2023
  • St Clears – Wales 
  • Thorpe Park – West Yorkshire 
  • White Rose – West Yorkshire 

Two further railway stations received further funding to develop their proposals 

  • Haxby – York 
  • Deeside Parkway – Wales 

Inclusive design

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Inclusive design

Access for All

Diversity Impact Assessments

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