Department for Transport announces second round of winners from the ‘ideas fund’ for its Restoring Your Railway Fund, geared at resuscitating mothballed railway lines and stations
Fifteen communities across the UK have clinched government funding to support plans to revive railways lines and stations shuttered during the infamous Beeching cuts that slashed Britain’s railway network in the 1960s.
Announcing the funding round yesterday, the Department for Transport said it planned to provide each project with up to £50,000 to advance early stage plans to reinstate historic stations and restore passenger services, as part of the wider £500m Restoring Your Railway Fund geared ‘levelling up’ transport links across the country and constructing new stations.
Schemes set to receive funding include projects to restore Ferryhill station in County Durham, to return services to Consett in the North East, to open a new station near Beeston Castle in Cheshire, and to reinstate services around Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.
Proposals to reinstate passenger services from Bolton to Manchester through Radcliffe and to establish a coast-to-coast train service through Cornwall have also secured support, the government said, noting that the former would advantage an economically deprived region of the UK and the latter would ease road congestion.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stressed the funding would held the government deliver on its promise of ‘levelling up’ regional inequalities around the UK.
“For towns and villages left isolated and forgotten by Beeching cuts, restoring a rail line or a station has the potential to revitalise a community,” he added. “It breathes new life into our