Colne to Skipton rail reopening push needs cash for study

Colne to Skipton rail reopening push needs cash for study

Colne to Skipton rail reopening push needs cash for study

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RAIL campaign group SELRAP is appealing for donations to help fund a crucial study that could lead to the Colne to Skipton line being reopened.

The group is pushing ahead with a GRIP 3 study, which is Network Rail’s system for assessing the viability and feasibility of rail projects.

But to complete the study, SELRAP (Skipton-East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership) will need further donations to fund the cost, which is likely to be in the tens of thousands of pounds. Jane Wood, SELRAP’s spokeswoman, said: “Securing a GRIP 3 study will need the co-ordinated input of professional individuals, bodies and organ- isations.

“Accordingly, Lancashire County Council has begun the process of contacting appropriate partners to begin to establish the formation of a project development group to oversee the Skipton-Colne project.

“Following broad based discussion, the county is to formally invite SELRAP to act in a consultative and advisory capacity to the group which, when finally formatted, will work to reopen the Skipton-Colne line as recommended by the Jonathan Roberts Consultants report in 2010.

“There was a magnificent response from loyal SELRAP members and others for funding to undertake the stage one and two studies.” Engineering consultants ARUP conducted a feasibility study into the reopening of the line for SELRAP, which suggested the financial benefit of reopening would be six-and-a-half times the cost of building it.

It also said there would be 414,000 new passenger journeys along the line, rising to 620,000 within 10 years of the line reopening.

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2:48pm Thu 8 May 14

kateash says...

No study needed... The railway network is most definitely needed!! What is NOT required is the proposed Colne /Foulridge bypass and two associated green belt iindustrial estates being pushed forward by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.. As many of the members of the LEP are local business people it is a road to benefit them alone!! It will be a road to nowhere destroying beautiful countryside.. !!
No study needed... The railway network is most definitely needed!! What is NOT required is the proposed Colne /Foulridge bypass and two associated green belt iindustrial estates being pushed forward by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.. As many of the members of the LEP are local business people it is a road to benefit them alone!! It will be a road to nowhere destroying beautiful countryside.. !! kateash
  • Score: 6

2:52pm Thu 8 May 14

Jimbok says...

Why can't these people give up, there's no need for this project.
Why can't these people give up, there's no need for this project. Jimbok
  • Score: -17

3:03pm Thu 8 May 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

yet another study?? did you realise that the benefits for this scheme in the last study and one before the last were pie in the sky numbers this scheme is not needed never was needed and will never be needed !!!!
yet another study?? did you realise that the benefits for this scheme in the last study and one before the last were pie in the sky numbers this scheme is not needed never was needed and will never be needed !!!! ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: -13

4:03pm Thu 8 May 14

Ex-Darrener says...

It's a wonderful idea in an ideal world but as much as I would love this to happen, it is never going to in this day and age, so why waste time and money on another study?
It's a wonderful idea in an ideal world but as much as I would love this to happen, it is never going to in this day and age, so why waste time and money on another study? Ex-Darrener
  • Score: -4

8:38pm Thu 8 May 14

It's a spade! says...

I think it would be money well spent compared with the £30 Billion plus and counting cost of HS2 which will be the biggest White Elephant in the history of mankind.
I think it would be money well spent compared with the £30 Billion plus and counting cost of HS2 which will be the biggest White Elephant in the history of mankind. It's a spade!
  • Score: 7

9:17pm Thu 8 May 14

retsofad says...

Travelling by train from Skipton to Colne at present takes 31/2 hours to re-open this 11 miles of track will be a god send to this area opening up better rail services to all areas
Travelling by train from Skipton to Colne at present takes 31/2 hours to re-open this 11 miles of track will be a god send to this area opening up better rail services to all areas retsofad
  • Score: 11

12:41am Fri 9 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

kateash wrote:
No study needed... The railway network is most definitely needed!! What is NOT required is the proposed Colne /Foulridge bypass and two associated green belt iindustrial estates being pushed forward by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.. As many of the members of the LEP are local business people it is a road to benefit them alone!! It will be a road to nowhere destroying beautiful countryside.. !!
You're right, the link needs to be completed and SELRAP should be commended for the efforts they have made to make this happen. The facts surrounding feasibility and viability of the link are there for all to see however investment will undoubtedly be the biggest stumbling block.

In relation to the bypass you're also correct. The proposed routes just don't make sense. To leave the M65 near Barrowford and link it up to the A56 just after Foulridge doesn't do anybody any big favours. It simply moves the problem elsewhere.
The M65 should never have ended at its current location.

If only........
[quote][p][bold]kateash[/bold] wrote: No study needed... The railway network is most definitely needed!! What is NOT required is the proposed Colne /Foulridge bypass and two associated green belt iindustrial estates being pushed forward by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.. As many of the members of the LEP are local business people it is a road to benefit them alone!! It will be a road to nowhere destroying beautiful countryside.. !![/p][/quote]You're right, the link needs to be completed and SELRAP should be commended for the efforts they have made to make this happen. The facts surrounding feasibility and viability of the link are there for all to see however investment will undoubtedly be the biggest stumbling block. In relation to the bypass you're also correct. The proposed routes just don't make sense. To leave the M65 near Barrowford and link it up to the A56 just after Foulridge doesn't do anybody any big favours. It simply moves the problem elsewhere. The M65 should never have ended at its current location. If only........ Steven Seagull
  • Score: 5

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