First round winners of Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund announced

Ten bids to the Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund are to share £500,000 to develop proposals to enhance, build or reopen railway lines and stations. The funding will provide up to 75% of the cost towards transport and economic feasibility studies and create a business case. Sixty bids were submitted to the first round of the Ideas Fund.

Station platforms

The successful bids are understood to be the following:

Reopening Meir Railway Station between Stoke-On-Trent and North Staffordshire

Reinstatement of the Barrow Hill line between Sheffield and Chesterfield

Reinstatement of the Ivanhoe line between Leicester and Burton on Trent

Reinstatement of branch lines on the Isle of Wight (Shanklin-Ventnor and Wootton-Newport)

Reinstatement of the Abbey line between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction (believed to be the delivery of a loop to provide an enhanced/regular clock face service)

Reopening of Wellington and Cullompton railway stations

Reinstatement of the Bury-Heywood-Rochdale lines (enabling a service serving Rossendale-Rochdale/Manchester on the East Lancashire Railway)

Reinstatement of the Clitheroe to Hellifield railway line (providing an enhanced service above the existing Dalesrail service)

Reinstatement of rail access to Devizes via a new railway station at Lydeway between Pewsey and Westbury

Reintroduction of passenger rail services on the Waterside line (Hythe-Totton)


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