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Save the Woodhead Tunnel

Photo: a demonstration at the Woodhead Tunnel

Area: Derbyshire, South Yorkshire
Interests: Rail, Road building

National Grid plans to run cables through the Woodhead Tunnel, a disused rail tunnel, which would mean it couldn't be reopened for freight and passenger trains between Sheffield and Manchester.

We are a coalition of concerned transport and climate change activists. We're calling for National Grid to find an alternative location to site their electricity cables and campaigning to re-open the Woodhead rail route.

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Latest news

April 2009: Bypass decision puts Woodhead on the right track.
The group have welcomed the decision of leaders in the North West to de-prioritise funding for the Mottram-Tintwistle A628 bypass. Read the full press release. (pdf: 16KB)

 Launch event, 21 March 2009, 3pm: The Woodhead Tunnel Yorkshire Campaign will launch. Angela Smith, MP for Sheffield Hillsborough, will be speaking at this free event, which also includes a buffet lunch and a showing of the vintage rail film, Electrics Across The Pennines. Location: St Johns Community Centre, Penistone. 

December 2008: Save the Woodhead Tunnel presents The Navigators, a film by Ken Loach.

Celebrate a year of the Save the Woodhead Tunnel campaign! Come along to this screening at 7pm, Sunday 28 December 2008, at the Partington Theatre, Henry Street, Glossop.

Price: donation on the door.

Followed by Save the Woodhead Tunnel mid-winter party, refreshments available.

With thanks to the Peak Film Society.

3 August 2008: More than 50 people turned out yesterday to demonstrate in favour of re-opening the Woodhead Tunnel. Find out more about the demonstration.

22 February 2008: Campaigners from Save the Woodhead Tunnel met with Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly.

12 January 2008: Today Save the Woodhead Tunnel held a hugely successful demonstation. More than 60 people trekked to the tunnel site to show their support for the campaign. Journalists from national, regional and local media were also there to cover the demonstation. Find out more at the group's blog.

7 December 2007: The group has produced a leaflet explaining why the tunnel should be safeguarded and what you can do to help.

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