Press responds to Strategic Vision for Rail

The publication of the Strategic vision for rail brought forward many press articles reviewing possible opportunities to reverse rail closures. As well as the proposals named in the strategy document, there were a number of proposals that were noted as possible contenders.

National Press

The Independent proposed six lines including the Borders Railway, Aberystwyth-Carmarthen, Okehampton-Tavistock, Rugby-Leicester, Malton-Pickering and Lostwithiel-Fowey.

Local Press

Lancashire Telegraph notes there is little chance of the Bolton to Bury line being restored.

GetSurrey wonder if the old Guildford to Horsham line via Cranleigh is a contender.

Somerset County Gazette have interest in Wellington and Cullompton.

Kent Live have listed a number of lines in Kent that could be reviewed

Banbury press reported on calls for Wantage Road to be restored as well as the railway line between Oxford and Witney.

The Chronicle saw that the line to Ashington had been mentioned but noted that no money had been promised

The Yorkshire Post highlighted eight opportunities across Yorkshire.

On The Wight saw the MP call for the restoration of the railway line to Ventnor and Newport.

The Birmingham Post reports that the West Midlands Combined Authority was likely to nominate the Camp Hill railway line as the lead contender for funding for the region.

The Sunderland Echo highlighted the Leamside line towards Washington.

The Leicester Mercury have  seen the letter from a local MP backing the Ivanhoe railway line.

The Ipswich Star pointed out that the line to Haverhill would not be an imminent project after clarification from the DfT.

The local MP has ruled out the line between Gobowen and Oswestry despite a proposal to use it for trams.

Shropshire Star highlights possible opportunities to link Ironbridge to Telford.

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