26 November 2020
Welcoming the announcement by the Government of the latest round of rail reopening schemes to receive funding from the Restoring Your Railway Fund, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Reopening a disused rail line can transform an area, and these communities will rightly be celebrating today. But if we are to do more than carry out studies, a step change in investment is needed. We want to see a commitment to reopen these and many more of the lines closed under the Beeching cuts. The case for reopening rail lines is stronger today than ever, not just to enable more sustainable travel, but to create jobs, tackle social exclusion and help the economy to recover."
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Notes to Editors
Several of the schemes to receive funding, including the station at Ferryhill in County Durham, and the Stratford upon Avon to Honeybourne line, are listed in Campaign for Better Transport's 2019 report, 'The case for expanding the rail network', which calls on the Government to set aside in the region of £5 billion for delivering a programme of rail reopenings. This could deliver at least 33 reopening schemes with 72 new stations and 343 miles of reinstated passenger service miles over 25 years.
The Government's announcement of the schemes to receive funding is on its website.
Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).