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Rail campaigners secure funding for next phase of Colne to Skipton project
9:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
RAIL campaigners have secured funding for the next vital phase in restoring train tracks between Colne and Skipton.
An initial study was commissioned by SELRAP - Skipton East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership - which provided estimates of how much it would take to rebuild the line and was completed last April.
But now the rail partnership has secured funding from several backers to produce a more comprehensive analysis, concentrating on the scheme’s feasability, detailed designs and the best option for the project.
Alliance Rail Holdings, a train operating company, Lush Cosmetics adn donations from SELRAP members has supported the second-stage report.
The studies are required under GRIP (Governance for Rail Investment Project) procedures - the same process had to be undergone to relay the Todmorden Curve near Burnley.
Under the first stage it was established that the replacement route could either be a single-track line, costing £38million, or a double-track line, coming in at around £72million.
A SELRAP spokesman said: “By assessing all transport options within the Burnley-Skipton corridor and new journey opportunities that a reopened Skipton-Colne line will facilitate, Stage 2 will quantify demand for its use as part of a new route linking the north west with Yorkshire and Humber.”
Major funding will be required for the third stage of the proceedings, which will focus on the civil engineering works needed and more detailed costings on restoring the line.
The next open meeting for SELRAP will be at Colne Parish Church on Monday from 9pm, where existing and prospective members are welcome and questions on the latest progress with the campaign will be fielded.
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