Beverley to York railway hope despite ‘disappointing’…

Beverley to York railway hope despite ‘disappointing’ rejection
2020-12-02 08:26:00
East Riding councillors have said the Government's decision not to fund a study into rebuilding the Beverley to York railway line was “disappointing”. Market Weighton Mayor Peter Hemmerman, chair of the Minster Rail campaign group, said the government's rejection was likely due to the line's rebuilding being more “complex and expensive” than others. But he claimed the government had “moved the goal posts” by saying their business case needed work, despite that being the aim of the feasibility study they wanted funding for. East RidingConservative Cllr Leo Hammond, a backer of reopening the line, said he disagreed with the mayor adding the government had limited funding and had to prioritise. To get the Hull Live headlines every day, simply pop your email address into the sign-up box just beneath the picture at the top of this article. He added there was still “light at the end of the tunnel” with future rounds of funding and that Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris told campaigners their proposal had merit. Liberal Democrat Cllr Denis Healy, ward member for Beverley's St Marys ward, said government's decision had “closed the door” on the plans. He added it showed Whitehall's priorities did not include the East Riding. The reaction follows the bid for funding to explore the possibility of reopening the line axed during the 1960's after the Beeching Review. East Riding Council backed the funding bid earlier this year, one of 50 applications shortlisted of an initial 219 from across the country. Watch to find out more about government road and railway upgrade funding: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Mayor Hemmerman said Minster Rail would continue to push for the line despite the government's decision. The campaigner said: “It might not happen in my lifetime, but we still need an alternative form of mass transit. “The feedback from government was that we needed to address the viability of the line and the business case. Market Weighton Mayor Peter Hemmerman (left) chairs the Minster Rail campaign group. (Image: Peter Hemmerman/Yorkshire Party) “But although the government has helped us they moved the goal posts on this, we bid for the funding so we could study that. “We'll be continuing with our campaign but we might have to look at others ways to get the funding. “The economies of towns like Market Weighton could stagnate if we don't get the line, but it will affect cities like Hull and York more than us. “Houses are being built in the East Riding like it's going out of fashion and homes in the country are the ones high skilled workers at places like the new Siemens plant want to live in. “Developers are marketing those homes at people who want to commute to the cities, but we don't have the infrastructure for that.” But Cllr Hammond said he disagreed that ministers had “moved the goal posts” on the terms of the bid. Cllr Leo Hammond on the route of the former Beverley to York railway (Image: East Riding Conservatives) The councillor said: “As ward member for Wolds Weighton where this line once passed through, I'm very disappointed about the government's decision. “But there is still light at the end of the tunnel, we could go forward with a revised application in future round
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