SELRAP continues fight to reopen Skipton to Colne railway

Craven Herald: Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson

Campaigners are continuing to press forward with their fight to reopen the railway line between Skipton and Colne.

The Skipton-East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership (SELRAP) held a meeting at Herriots Hotel, Skipton, to explore the options.

Members were told Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson had introduced an Early Day Motion in Parliament and was due to meet Rail Transport Minister Simon Burns in January.

Lord Tony Greaves called for a Governance for Railway Investment Projects study to be carried out so that when the economy improved the scheme was ready to start.

North West MEP Chris Davies said the coalition government should be providing “seed money” for rail projects so the possibilities could be explored.

Dr Alan Beswick, director JMP Consultants Ltd, outlined the findings of a feasibility study he carried out in 2007. He said reopening the line was a viable project and would bring social and economic benefits. He estimated at least 300,000 passengers would use the line.

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