Direct rail link between Beverley and York takes major step…

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Direct rail link between Beverley and York takes major step…

Direct rail link between Beverley and York takes major step forward
2021-10-27 15:15:00
A bid to reopen a rail route between Beverley and York has taken another tentative step forward. As part of today's budget announcements, ministers have approved funding support worth up to £50,000 to help draw up a business case for the project. The business case will be the next step toward developing more detailed proposals which are expected to support a long-term joint investment in the initiative by the government and the private sector. For the latest transport news, click here. The ultimate aim is to restore a direct rail link between Beverley and York by connecting it to the existing Hull to Scarborough line which already passes through Beverley. The line would also serve passengers catching trains at Cottingham and in Hull's Paragon Interchange. Trains would stop at Market Weighton, Pocklington, Stamford Bridge and Haxby before arriving at York. The former Market Weighton railway station pictured in 1975 (Image: Hull Daily Mail) The idea of reopening a line closed in the 1960s as part of the Beeching cuts has been championed for years by the Minsters Rail Campaign as an alternative route to the A1079 road. With cross-party support from MPs and councils across the region, it is envisaged that several new stations would be required along the route because of subsequent development in some of the towns. The go-ahead from the Department for Transport was welcomed by Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart, who has led the lobbying with campaign group members. Find local issues reported in your area He said: “This is fantastic news for the local area, and although this is only the first step it demonstrates there is recognition of the benefits this project could bring. “If we were in the South East, there’s no way that two cities as important as Hull and York wouldn’t have a decent rail link to help boost tourism and make it easier for commuters to get into work. Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart lobbying rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris “It would give my constituents in Beverley and Holderness more frequent services into the city centre and let them travel westwards without having to change at Hull. “Of course there will be kinks to work out, some people who’ll benefit from the scheme more than others, but that’s what the feasibilit

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