Government announces fifty bids to second round of Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund

Fifty bids to build or reopen lines and stations closed during the Beeching cuts, with the potential to level up regional economies and boost access to jobs and education, have been received across England and Wales, the Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced today (30 June 2020).

Proposals for the restoration of lines and stations to re-connect their communities will now be considered by an expert panel including Network Rail Chair Sir Peter Hendy, with announcements regarding the successful schemes expected by the end of the summer.

The Rail Minister announced that 50 proposals have been submitted from right across the country. These include proposals from MPs in the north east to reopen the line at Ferryhill, County Durham, and restore the Consett-Newcastle Connection, to proposals from the south west to transform the Newquay line, reopen Charfield station, and reinstate the Bodmin to Wadebridge railway.

The fifty proposals are located in the following regions:

  • Wales 2
  • South West 18
  • South East 5
  • East of England 2
  • Midlands 4
  • Yorkshire 7
  • North East 2
  • North West 10

Proposals that are to be considered include:


Reopening Stratford-upon-Avon to Honeybourne-Worcester/Oxford Railway Line

More stopping services at Radcliffe-on-Trent and Bottesford stations on the Poacher line between Grantham and Nottingham

Increased services to Nottingham and Leicester, via Syston and Loughborough from Melton Mowbray

Reconnecting Ashfield Communities through the Maid Marian Line


Magor and Undy Walkway Station

Restoring services on the Anglesey Central Railway between Gaerwen and Amlych

South West

Shepton Mallet (Mendip Vale)

Radstock railway reinstatement

St Anne’s Park station

Primrose Line

Transforming the Newquay Line

Mid Cornwall Metro

Restoring secondary services on the Great Western main line

Goodrington and Churston Stations

New station for Langport and Somerton Area
Charfield Station

Reinstatement of Bodmin-Wadebridge railway and associated works

Increased service provision Bodmin General-Bodmin Parkway

Ashburton & Buckfastleigh junction railway

Bristol West capacity enhancement

Light railway extension to the Barnstaple Branch (Chivenor Braunton) “TawLink”

Cirencester Community Rail Project

Project Wareham – Complete the link

South East

The Arundel Chord

Re-opening of Camberwell Station

Unlocking capacity and services through Bramley (Hants)

Chinnor Railway Aston Rowant extension

Carshalton Beeches step-free access

North East

Restoring Newcastle to Consett railway line

Restore the railway services through Ferryhill

North West

The South Fylde Line Passing Loop

Reopening Midge Hall Station near Leyland

Reopening Golborne Railway Station near Wigan

Reopening Kenyon Junction Station near Warrington

Reinstatement of the Bolton-Radcliffe / Bolton-Bury line

Reinstating Beeston Castle and Tarporley railway station in Cheshire

Re-doubling of the Mid Cheshire Line between Stockport and Altrincham and associated station reopenings

Stockport to Ashton Line

Glazebrook Junction to Skelton Junction

Reopening the Stockport to Ashton Line and the East Didsbury – Stockport route

Yorkshire and Humber

York – Beverley Minsters Line

Upper Wensleydale Railway through Hawes

Sheaf Valley stations south of Sheffield

Daily railway service on Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Advanced Manufacturing Park station near Rotherham

South Yorkshire Joint Railway between Rotherham and Worksop

Barton on Humber – Gainsborough service

East of England

Reopen Wymondham – Dereham

Reopen Kings Lynn to Hunstanton

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