Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Restoring Your Railway: Round Three - Latest Successful Bids

It has been announced that 13 projects have been awarded up to £50,000 as part of the programme to reinstate some of the UK’s rail stations and restore lines under the Restoring Your Railway programme.


The Restoring Your Railway ‘Ideas Fund’ will also fund projects for further work after they were given grants from round one of the funding.

The Waterside line from Southampton to Fawley via Hythe will receive further funding of £7m for development work in addition to the funding awarded in round one.

Wellington station in Somerset and Cullompton station in Devon will also be granted further funds for development.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps pointed out how these projects will reverse the damage of the Beeching cuts of the 1960’s which closed some stations and thousands of miles of track.

Mr Shapps said: “Our efforts to undo the damage of the Beeching closures are gathering pace, with work on new stations and lines that can level up communities right across the UK.

“I share the enthusiasm and ambition of local campaigners across the country pushing for their local lines to be reopened.

“This additional funding will help progress many more schemes.

“With the Dartmoor Line opening on 20th November here, we’re already laying tracks across the country.

“Connecting communities for the first time in decades.”

These projects will receive some of the third-round funding from the Restoring Your Railway ‘Ideas Fund’.

Further funding will be given to projects showing strong promise with a focus on accelerating development to ensure communities reap the benefits as soon as possible.

Bidders have been judged specifically on their ability to support left-behind communities and deliver real economic benefits.

Investment is aimed at schemes that have the potential to regenerate local economies by opening access to jobs and education, supporting housing developments and boosting tourism.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has also pledged up to £20,000 to help fund a
feasibility study into the restoration of the Beverley to York line.

Part of the mothballed Stoke-to-Leek line at Endon

Passenger services between Stoke-on-Trent and Leek ended in 1956, with the station closing completely in 1970 – its site is now occupied by the town's Morrisons supermarket. 
Freight services continued to use part of the line until 1988.

Funding has been made available to restore the Darlington to Weardale line via Shildon and Bishop Auckland.
Below, the line between Bishop Auckland and Weardale has been operated as a heritage line.