Cressing loop rail plans back on track

The Cressing loop would double train services to and from Liverpool Street

The Cressing loop would double train services to and from Liverpool Street

First published in News by , Reporter

Plans for the long-awaited Cressing loop rail link between Braintree and Witham have been brought back from the dead.

The additional train track would double the number of services to and from Liverpool Street and has been put forward in a report which will be handed to the government.

Council leader Graham Butland said: “We have never regarded it as being dead. We have always regarded it as being of the utmost importance to the Braintree district."

Mr Butland said the proposed scheme would cost about £10 million and could be funded with money raised from the government’s New Homes Bonus grant.

See this week's Times for the full story.  

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1:01pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Bhudeeka says...

so does that mean more homes are going to be built which would totally negate the whole idea nopoint putting on more trains withever more people you just keep going back to square one!
so does that mean more homes are going to be built which would totally negate the whole idea nopoint putting on more trains withever more people you just keep going back to square one! Bhudeeka
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4:01pm Thu 7 Aug 14

pierre-pierre says...

I am not Braintree born, but we used to have two track and two platforms in Braintree, and also a passing loop at Cressing, but in those days the longest train was two coaches that was less than 50 yearsago
I am not Braintree born, but we used to have two track and two platforms in Braintree, and also a passing loop at Cressing, but in those days the longest train was two coaches that was less than 50 yearsago pierre-pierre
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4:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

wormshero says...

Bhudeeka wrote:
so does that mean more homes are going to be built which would totally negate the whole idea nopoint putting on more trains withever more people you just keep going back to square one!
True enough, it'll likely keep the numbers on the trains at peek time the same but given that new homes are needed nationwide to support an increasing population it's either that or increasingly full trains.
[quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: so does that mean more homes are going to be built which would totally negate the whole idea nopoint putting on more trains withever more people you just keep going back to square one![/p][/quote]True enough, it'll likely keep the numbers on the trains at peek time the same but given that new homes are needed nationwide to support an increasing population it's either that or increasingly full trains. wormshero
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4:34pm Thu 7 Aug 14

keith_l says...

Does this mean that the residential streets of North Witham won't be blocked by Braintree people parking there? Or will they still come to take advantage of the higher number of trains on the mainline?

This passing loop will only be of benefit if there is a large free (or very cheap) commuter car park in Braintree. (Possibly at Freeport?)
Does this mean that the residential streets of North Witham won't be blocked by Braintree people parking there? Or will they still come to take advantage of the higher number of trains on the mainline? This passing loop will only be of benefit if there is a large free (or very cheap) commuter car park in Braintree. (Possibly at Freeport?) keith_l
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6:22pm Thu 7 Aug 14

pierre-pierre says...

there is one marked out at Freeport, but it is not currently correctly barrier
there is one marked out at Freeport, but it is not currently correctly barrier pierre-pierre
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2:41pm Wed 13 Aug 14

BtreeDoorMen says...

This is such a non-story.
I've been commuting to and from and via Btree for 10 years now - still the WORST service in the region and still talking about 'could' and 'may' and 'if funding'.

What a crock.

Note: this money would be raised from a new homes grant, which means currently it's not available, nor sanctioned to spend.
This 'story' is pure speculative smoke at best.
This is such a non-story. I've been commuting to and from and via Btree for 10 years now - still the WORST service in the region and still talking about 'could' and 'may' and 'if funding'. What a crock. Note: this money would be raised from a new homes grant, which means currently it's not available, nor sanctioned to spend. This 'story' is pure speculative smoke at best. BtreeDoorMen
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