15 May 2013
Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the announcement of the four new stations which will benefit from the Department for Transport's £20m New Stations Fund.
Richard Hebditch, Campaigns Director, Campaign for Better Transport said
"This announcement of four new railway stations is great news for the thousands of people who will benefit from being on the rail network. Fifty years after Dr Beeching closed a third of the network, the successful applications to the New Stations Fund show that communities up and down the country are clamouring to get back on track."
Richard Hebditch continued
“The challenge now is to build a railway that meets the growing demand to travel by train. That means reopening lines as well as stations."
1. Campaign for Better Transport accepted an advisory role on the awards panel for the New Stations Fund. Other members included Department for Transport, Network Rail and the Association of Train Operating Companies.
The four station projects to receive funding under the New Stations Fund announcement are:
- Lea Bridge (London Borough of Waltham Forest)
- Ilkeston (Derbyshire)
- Newcourt (Devon)
- Pye Corner, Newport, which will receive over £2.5 million towards a scheme worth over £3.5 million
2. Campaign for Better Transport has campaigned for investment in new stations. The establishment of a fund for new stations and lines is a key recommendations of Re-opening Railways - the case for growing the rail network and how it can be achieved.
As part of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Beeching report, Campaign for Better Transport identified ten railway lines which should be reopened.