Restoring Your Railway Round 2 Bids Announced
On 30 June 2020, the Department for Transport announced that 50 bids had been submitted in round 2 of the Restore Your Railways fund. The following photos illustrate some of the communities that will benefit if the bids are successful and the resultant funding leads to the reinstatement of services.
"To introduce a passing loop and associated signalling to the South Fylde line"
"To introduce a new fixed public transit transport system between Consett and Newcastle"
"To re-open the Wymondham-Dereham line"
"To reinstate the Beverley to York rail line"
"To restore a daily train service on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway"
"To re-open the Stratford upon Avon to Honeybourne-Worcester/Oxford (SWO) Railway Line"
"To enhance Bristol West capacity" and "To re-open the former St Anne’s Park railway station on the Great Western Main Line from Bristol Temple Meads towards Bath"
"To re-open the Primrose Line"
"To enhance services on the Newquay Line"
"To restore secondary services on the Great Western Main line"
"To restore the rail link and establish a safe cycle path between Cirencester, the University and Kemble"
"To restore the rail connection between Horsham to Worthing with a chord approximately 1km in length"
The disappointing aspect of the schemes named is that, of the 50 submitted, only 4 are in the Midlands and 3 of these are in the East Midlands. This is in contrast to the South West which has 18 schemes submitted, although it could be said that the South West rail network was decimated by the Beeching Report. This leaves the reinstatement of the Stratford-upon-Avon to Honeybourne line as the only scheme in the West Midlands area.
Campaign for Rail fully supports this reopening as the reinstatement of just 6 miles of track would significantly improve rail connectivity between the South Midlands, West Midlands, the Thames Valley, London, South Wales and the South West. The distance by rail between the two major tourist centres of Stratford and Oxford (not connected by regular direct services since Chiltern Railways took over London to Stratford services from GWR) would be reduced from 58½ miles to 45¾ miles, while the distance by rail between Stratford and Worcester would be dramatically cut from 58¾ miles to 27¼ miles. In addition, the proposed Garden Village at Long Marston should make a Long Marston Parkway rail station viable if the line was reopened. The Shakespeare Line Promotion Group, a member of Campaign for Rail, is one of the driving forces behind this proposal and a link to its website page is available via the button below.
In addition, a full list of the 50 schemes submitted in round 2, plus those submitted in Round 1, can be viewed by clicking on the button below. The successful schemes will be announced by the end of summer 2020 and this page will be updated with the results at that time.