Connecting Communities

On 15th June 2009,  the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), published the Connecting Communities report that proposed opportunities for future rail connections across the UK. The report identified a number of railway lines and stations that could be opened, giving nearly one million people better access to the UK Rail Network.

The proposed lines were:

  • Cranleigh (Surrey)
  • Bordon, Hythe and Ringwood in Hampshire
  • Brixham in Devon
  • Aldridge and Brownhills (West Midlands)
  • Wisbech (Cambridgeshire).
  • Leicester to Burton (Derbyshire)
  • Fleetwood, Rawtenstall and Skelmersdale in Lancashire
  • Washington (Tyne and Wear)
  • Ashington & Blyth (Northumberland)

In addition, the following railway stations were proposed for reopening:

  • Rushden (Northamptonshire)
  • Peterlee (County Durham)
  • Kenilworth (Warwickshire)
  • Ilkeston (Derbyshire)
  • Clay Cross (Derbyshire)
  • Ossett (W Yorkshire)
  • Wantage (Oxfordshire)


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