Wendy Morton, Rail Minister, has announced funding worth £15m to develop 9 Restoring Your Railway schemes, aiming to reopen disused lines and stations.
The Restoring Your Railway scheme has already seen success after the Dartmoor Line was reopened, with communities now connected thanks to the rail services by Great Western Railway.
This new round of funding will see the continuation of early-stage development of the projects.
The schemes receiving funding are:
- Aldridge station and line upgrade in Walsall
- The Barrow Hill Line between Sheffield and Chesterfield
- The Ivanhoe Line between Leicester and Burton on Trent
- Meir Station between Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire
- Haxby Station on the York to Scarborough Line
- Reinstating the Fleetwood Railway Line
- Ferryhill Station in County Durham
- The Mid Cornwall Metro, connecting Newquay, Truro and Falmouth
- Devizes Station between Pewsey and Westbury in Wiltshire
Rail Minister Wendy Morton said: “This funding will reconnect communities long cut off from the railway.
“The last time you could catch a train from Haxby Station was 1930, George V was on the throne and The Times had just published their first-ever crossword. But now, thanks to this funding, communities across England could be reconnected to our railways once more.”
“This fund is a great example of how we are committed to helping communities across the country level up and reconnect people and businesses to new opportunities.”