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Rail line re-opening will boost local economy

31 October 2011
Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed today’s (31 October) announcement by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills of funding to re-open the Todmorden Curve. The scheme, which will see a section of rail track reopened that will provide a direct rail link between Burnley and Manchester, has been awarded funding through the second round of the Regional Growth Fund.

Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport’s chief executive, said: "This announcement is very welcome. By filling in this infamous missing link on the rail network, Burnley and other Lancashire towns will get much quicker services to Manchester, improving access for employment and helping address the deprivation in the area. We hope the Government will look at other rail re-openings as a means of reviving local economies."

Campaign for Better Transport has produced an online guide for people who want to campaign to get a rail station re-opened near them. You can view the guide here.

Notes to Editors

1. You can see a full list of successful schemes from the second round of Regional Growth Fund bids here.

2. The Todmorden curve is one of a number of rail line reopening schemes being championed by Campaign for Better Transport. The charity played an active part in lobbying for its re-opening and was instrumental in bringing key together players to make the case for funding. Campaign for Better Transport also championed the reopening of the Stoke-on-Trent to Cauldon Lowe railway line, another scheme awarded funding from the Regional Growth Fund today.

3. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).