Restoring Your Railway Fund – Applications

Ideas Fund – Applications

The Restoring Your Railway – Ideas Fund has inspired many applications to enhance and expand the rail network across England and Wales. Applications have included reopening railway lines, creating new rail-based corridors, adding new railway stations, operating passengers trains on existing freight lines and heritage railways plus the creation of new services on the existing rail network.

Across the three rounds, 185 applications have been made with a number in round 3 being resubmissions of unsuccessful applications from round 1 and round 2

Round 1 Applications

On 8 September 2020, the Department for Transport shared the full list of applications for round 1 and round 2 of the Ideas Fund

East Midlands

To reinstate the Peaks and Dales RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To reintroduce passenger services on the Leicester to Burton (Ivanhoe) lineFurther DetailsLatest News

East of England

To reinstate the Maldon to Witham lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the passing loop between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction (Abbey Line)Further DetailsLatest News

North East

To enhance services between Morpeth and BerwickFurther DetailsLatest News
To reintroduce passenger services to former freight alignment to link existing Metro lines at CobaltFurther DetailsLatest News
To open a new station at Gilsland-Tyne Valley LineFurther DetailsLatest News
To open a new station to serve the village of Belford-NorthumberlandFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Bensham Curve and freight lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Leamside South of Tyne & Wearside LoopFurther DetailsLatest News

North West

To reinstate Glazebrook Junction to Skelton JunctionFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Walkden to Bolton lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To introduce an orbital passenger rail route between Stockport and AshtonFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Keswick to Penrith RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Burscough CurvesFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-double from Oldham Mumps to Grotton GreenfieldFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Rose Hill (Marple) to Maple Grove Line, StockportFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Bolton-Radcliffe and Bolton to Bury linesFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the East Didsbury to Stockport lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reconnect stations in the Rossendale Valley areaFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-double the mid-Cheshire line, Altrincham-StockportFurther DetailsLatest News
To repurpose the Warrington to Stockport lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Bury-Heywood-Rochdale linesFurther DetailsLatest News
To reintroduce passenger services between Clitheroe and Hellifield and explore freight optionsFurther DetailsLatest News

South East

To operate Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) along former rail alignmentFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open the Lewis to Uckfield & Tunbridge Wells to Eridge/Ashurst – Brighton Main LineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the branch lines on the Isle of WightFurther DetailsLatest News
To introduce passenger services on the Totton-Fawley (Waterside) lineFurther DetailsLatest News

South West

To reinstate the Helston Railway LinkFurther DetailsLatest News
To double-track majority of Thingly Junction to Bradford JunctionFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open Stonehouse Bristol RoadFurther DetailsLatest News
To extend the light railway to the Barnstable Branch (Chivenor Braunton)Further DetailsLatest News
To extend the Lostwithiel to Carne Point (Fowey) rail lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To restore the Newton Abbot to Heathfield railway linkFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open the Tavistock-Okehampton lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Cirencester-Kemble lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open the Sharpness branch lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To restore the line to Gravity innovation campusFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate rail access to Devizes via a new station at LydewayFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open the Wellington and Cullompton RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To introduce a Westbury Station HubFurther DetailsLatest News

West Midlands

To re-open the Stoke-Leek lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the rail sidings at the former Ironbridge Power StationFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Oswestry to Gobowen line (Cambrian Heritage Railways)Further DetailsLatest News
To reinstate pax service on the currently freight only branch line between Stourbridge and Brierley HillFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open Pontrilas stationFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open stations on the Sutton Park lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open a Tettenhall area stationFurther DetailsLatest News
To open a new station at Galley Common (Nuneaton)Further DetailsLatest News
To reinstate pax services on Lichfield-Alrewas-Burton-on-Trent rail lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To open new stations at Foleshill, Coundon Road & Binley/WillenhallFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate Etruria stationFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open the Meir station between Stoke-On-Trent and North StaffordshireFurther DetailsLatest News
To open new stations at Castle Bromwich and Fort ParkwayFurther DetailsLatest News

Yorkshire and Humberside

To reinstate the line for Barnsley to Wakefield via Royston – North Midland RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To operate regular local passenger services over the Doncaster-Askern lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Wortley CurveFurther DetailsLatest News
To introduce passenger services between Sheffield and Stocksbridge on freight routeFurther DetailsLatest News
To introduce passenger services on the Barrow Hill line between Sheffield and ChesterfieldFurther DetailsLatest News

Successful Round one applications

  • reopening Meir Railway Station between Stoke-On-Trent and North Staffordshire
  • passenger services on the Barrow Hill line between Sheffield and Chesterfield
  • passenger services on the Leicester to Burton (Ivanhoe) line
  • reinstatement of branch lines on the Isle of Wight (restoring rail connections to Newport and Ventnor)
  • reinstatement of passing loop between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction (Abbey Line)
  • reopening of Wellington and Cullompton stations
  • passengers services on the Bury-Heywood-Rochdale corridor
  • regular passenger services on the Clitheroe to Hellifield railway line
  • reinstatement of rail access to Devizes via a new station at Lydeway
  • passenger services on the Totton-Fawley (Waterside) line

Round 2 Applications

East Midlands

To increase stopping services at Radcliffe-on-Trent and Bottesford stations on the Poacher line between Grantham and NottinghamFurther DetailsLatest News
To increase services to Nottingham and Leicester, via Syston and Loughborough from Melton MowbrayFurther DetailsLatest News

East of England

To re-open the Wymondham-Dereham lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the King’s Lynn to Hunstanton RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News

North East

To introduce a new fixed public transit transport system between Consett and NewcastleFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open a station at FerryhillFurther DetailsLatest News

North West

To introduce a passing loop and associated signaling to the South Fylde lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To open a two platform railway station at Kenyon Junction stationFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open Golborne Railway StationFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Bolton-Radcliffe / Bolton-BuryFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Beeston Castle and Tarporley railway stationFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open Midge Hall StationFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-double the Mid Cheshire Line between Stockport and Altrincham and associated station reopeningsFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-double the Stockport to Ashton LineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate passenger services between Glazebrook Junction and Skelton JunctionFurther DetailsLatest News
To introduce a Metrolink/Tram Train service extending the existing service from East Didsbury to StockportFurther DetailsLatest News

South East

To restore the rail connection between Horsham to Worthing with a chord approximately 1km in lengthFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open Camberwell Station, London SE5Further DetailsLatest News
To unlock capacity and services through Bramley (Hants)Further DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the dismantled railway between Oakley and the former Aston Rowant stationFurther DetailsLatest News
To introduce step free access at the Carshalton BeechesFurther DetailsLatest News
To open a Wantage and Grove Station and associated train serviceFurther DetailsLatest News

South West

To introduce a passenger service to Shepton Mallet in SomersetFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Radstock railwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open the former St Anne’s Park railway station on the Great Western Main Line from Bristol Temple Meads towards BathFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open the Primrose LineFurther DetailsLatest News
To enhance services on the Newquay LineFurther DetailsLatest News
To support frequency enhancements to FalmouthFurther DetailsLatest News
To restore secondary services on the Great Western Main lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open the Goodrington and Churston StationsFurther DetailsLatest News
To open a new station for Langport and Somerton areaFurther DetailsLatest News
To open Charfield StationFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate Bodmin to Wadebridge railway and associated workFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Junction RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To enhance Bristol West capacityFurther DetailsLatest News
To extend Light railway to the Barnstaple Branch (Chivenor Braunton) “TawLink”Further DetailsLatest News
To restore the rail link and establish a safe cycle path between Cirencester, the University and KembleFurther DetailsLatest News
To introduce a heritage line and potentially a year-round passenger service between Swanage and WarehamFurther DetailsLatest News
To improve railway services at Pilning station, as well as to reinstate the footbridge to platform 2Further DetailsLatest News
To increase service provision from Bodmin General to Bodmin ParkwayFurther DetailsLatest News

Wales

To open a station in Magor and Undy in South MonmouthshireFurther DetailsLatest News
To restore services on the Anglesey Central Railway between Gaerwen and AmlchFurther DetailsLatest News

West Midlands

To reconnect Ashfield Communities through the Maid Marian LineFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open the Stratford upon Avon to Honeybourne-Worcester/Oxford (SWO) Railway LineFurther DetailsLatest News

Yorkshire and Humber

To reinstate the Beverley to York rail lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To restore a daily train service on the Keighley and Worth Valley RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Upper Wensleydale RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To restore passenger rail to the Sheaf ValleyFurther DetailsLatest News
To restore a South Humber LinkFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the South Yorkshire Joint RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To open a new station at WaverleyFurther DetailsLatest News

Round 3 Applications

East Midlands

MablethorpeFurther DetailsLatest News
Reconnecting RuddingtonFurther DetailsLatest News
Reinstatement of the line between Bedford and NorthamptonFurther DetailsLatest News
Firsby – LouthFurther DetailsLatest News
Peaks and Dales LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Corby to LutterworthFurther DetailsLatest News

East of England

Reinstatement of Maldon to Witham LineFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the King’s Lynn to Hunstanton RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open the Wymondham-Dereham lineFurther DetailsLatest News
Welland Valley Rail (Kettering-Peterborough-Wisbech)Further DetailsLatest News
Re-opening Sawston StationFurther DetailsLatest News
Re-opening Harston stationFurther DetailsLatest News
HaverhillFurther DetailsLatest News

North East

Gilsland StationFurther DetailsLatest News
Newcastle – Berwick-upon-TweedFurther DetailsLatest News
Belford StationFurther DetailsLatest News
The Bishop Line and the Weardale RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
Reinstatement of Bensham CurveFurther DetailsLatest News
Reinstatement of Nexus Metro Expansion – Cobalt Business Park LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Reinstatement of Leamside line (Local Services)Further DetailsLatest News

North West

Kenyon Junction StationFurther DetailsLatest News
PendleFurther DetailsLatest News
Ledsham StationFurther DetailsLatest News
East Didsbury to StockportFurther DetailsLatest News
Ashton to Stockport LineFurther DetailsLatest News
The Middlewich LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Reconnect Rawtenstall and ManchesterFurther DetailsLatest News
Lakes LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Reinstating Carlisle to Silloth railwayFurther DetailsLatest News
Reintroduce Burscough CurvesFurther DetailsLatest News
Reinstatement of Penrith to Keswick lineFurther DetailsLatest News
To re-open Midge Hall StationFurther DetailsLatest News

South East

Lewes – Uckfield & Tumbridge Wells – Eridge / AshurstFurther DetailsLatest News
Hayling Branch LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Building a better-connected West Oxfordshire – a transformational project for the wider Oxford economic regionFurther DetailsLatest News
Grove StationFurther DetailsLatest News
Ludgershall LinkFurther DetailsLatest News

South West

Lynton – Barnstaple RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
Carn Brea StationFurther DetailsLatest News
Barnstaple Branch Line “Taw Link”Further DetailsLatest News
Stonehouse Bristol RoadFurther DetailsLatest News
Marazion Railway StationFurther DetailsLatest News
Tavistock OkehamptonFurther DetailsLatest News
Bude OkehamptonFurther DetailsLatest News
Saltford Station (Bath & North Somerset)Further DetailsLatest News
Sharpness Branch LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Re-instate the Helston Railway Link connecting Helston to the main South West rail lineFurther DetailsLatest News
Wilton Junction StationFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Radstock railwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To reinstate the Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Junction RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
Shepton Mallet to SomersetFurther DetailsLatest News
Pilning Station EnhancementsFurther DetailsLatest News
Corsham StationFurther DetailsLatest News
Gravity Site – Bristol to Exeter Mainline RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
New train service to Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway.Further DetailsLatest News
Extension of the Riviera LineFurther DetailsLatest News
New station south of GloucesterFurther DetailsLatest News
Fowey to LostwithielFurther DetailsLatest News
Reopening Brent StationFurther DetailsLatest News
Tavistock to Plymouth Rail ReinstatementFurther DetailsLatest News

Wales

Bangor – Afonwen RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
To restore services on the Anglesey Central Railway between Gaerwen and AmlwchFurther DetailsLatest News

West Midlands

Castle Bromwich – Fort ParkwayFurther DetailsLatest News
Newcastle-under-LymeFurther DetailsLatest News
Telford CentralFurther DetailsLatest News
Oswestry – Gobowen LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Etruria StationFurther DetailsLatest News
Tettenhall area stationFurther DetailsLatest News
Coventry area stations studyFurther DetailsLatest News
The Stourbridge Dasher – Stourbridge – BrierleyFurther DetailsLatest News
Lichfield – Burton on Trent / DerbyFurther DetailsLatest News
Galley Common/Stockingford Station (Nuneaton to Birmingham)Further DetailsLatest News
Sutton Park LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Reinstatement of the Stoke-Leek lineFurther DetailsLatest News
Reinstatement of rail sidings at the former Ironbridge Power StationFurther DetailsLatest News

Yorkshire and Humber

South Yorkshire Joint RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
Harrogate-Ripon-NorthallertonFurther DetailsLatest News
East Ardsley StationFurther DetailsLatest News
Upper Wensleydale RailwayFurther DetailsLatest News
Boulby Branch Line/Saltburn LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Askern LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Reinstatement of the North Midland Line between Barnsley to Wakefield via RoystonFurther DetailsLatest News
Don Valley LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Beverley to York LineFurther DetailsLatest News
Sheaf Valley New Stations and Station ImprovementsFurther DetailsLatest News

Accelerating Existing Proposals – Applications

There are potential applications lined up or expected to apply for this fund.

Corsham (South West) – Source – Updates

Wilton Parkway (South West) – Source – Updates

Brighton Mainline 2 – Kent and Sussex phases (South East) – Source

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