I'm just looking at the current rail freight situation on MT's Rail Freight Strategy 2006.
It states that "network is capacity is currently assessed as around 16 to 18 paths per day" in reference to the Bootle - Edge Hill Line.
Does anyone know why this is, or even further, can anyone enlighten me with some useful information on the current rail freight system on Merseyside?
Even if it's just minor facts and figures, it'd be greatly appreciated.
Eg, what times do they move and why can't we look at allowing them to run for longer periods of the day?
I believe the North Mersey Branch can play a role in rail freight, but there'd have to be some sort of goods station built near Aintree Station and I'm not sure if that'd be feasible.
Anyways, interesting topic.
Ah. I read on and it seems as though the main problem for the restriction of journeys on the NLE was because of the whole "reversing" problem at Edge Hill. Now the Olive Mount Chord has been approved, surely this will pave the way for better utilisation of this line.
The DfT’s £1.7m grant is a small slice of £132m for rail improvements into ports announced by the department yesterday.
Much bigger grants will go to Felixstowe, in Suffolk, (£80m), Southampton (£43m) and the Humber (£8m)
The south get it all again. £80 million to our £1.7 million. They still have it in for us.
50% of containers that enter Felixstowe head for north of Birmingham. Why are they spending all this money when Liverpool needs to supply the containers to local markets?
Last edited by Waterways; 03-13-2008 at 11:09 PM.
It's actually caused by the lack of signals between Edge Lane and Seaforth. So each line can only have on train on it at a time - over it's entire length.
I remember reading that there were 'reversing-sidings' at Tuebrook ?
Can anyone provide more information : how they operated; their demise ?
http://www.8arail.fsnet.co.uk/ has details of freight-movements on Merseyside,photo-locations etc. First-rate !
Last edited by andyk; 03-14-2008 at 04:54 PM.
I'm told that work began track laying at Olive Mount Junction last Sunday. Probably photos ops for at least another one or two Sundays methinks.
Originally Posted by Waterways
Originally Posted by andyk
Trains come from the far right, under Stephenson Way, and run into the sidings next to the running lines. The engine runs around and takes the train back in the direction it came from, but onto the branch which you can see passing under Wavertree Avenue.
The current works will stop the need to run around, and stop the need to cross the existing running lines to ge into the sidings.
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