Railway revival bid SELRAP ‘furthest along line’

Coun Azhar Ali

Coun Azhar Ali

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

RAIL campaign group SELRAP said it was closer than ever before to achieving their goal of getting the Colne to Skipton line re-opened.

The group has secured a further £10,000 in funding from Lancashire County Council which should lead to a GRIP (Governance for Railway Investment Projects) study, which would involve Network Rail.

Speaking at the group’s annual general meeting last week, chairman Derek Jennings said: “I think I can say we are nearer in achieving our goal than we have ever been.”

A recent report from consultants ARUP suggested that re-opening the line would be financially viable, and now the group want to fund a report with Network Rail that could lead to the line being re-instated.

Mr Jennings also thanked SELRAP members who he said had ‘responded so magnificently to the appeal to help fund them’.

Liaison officer Andy Shackleton spoke about the study undertaken by ARUP.

That study has provided an updated analysis considering the social need for the link, the potential service, engineering options and has conducted an economic appraisal of the scheme.

He said the costs to benefits ratio was found to be very promising and if the number of passengers is greater than calculated for every £1 spent there could be benefits worth £6.

Also in attendance was County Coun Azhar Ali who spoke in support of the GRIP feasibility study.

He said the Colne to Skipton line, whilst helping the local economy, was also of regional and national importance.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:35pm Tue 18 Mar 14

coates warder says...

no facts or info from selrap. nothing new there
no facts or info from selrap. nothing new there coates warder
  • Score: -1

10:01pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

How many "studies" have already been carried out on this plan, and how many more will it take, before anything actually gets done, that's if it ever does?
How many "studies" have already been carried out on this plan, and how many more will it take, before anything actually gets done, that's if it ever does? Darren1951
  • Score: 0

11:45pm Tue 18 Mar 14

sim1846 says...

The study isn't public knowledge yet, due to the fact Both Lancashire, and North Yorkshire CC have to place their input in to the study, once this has been achieved, then, and only then will this be made public.
During the AGM, only some of the details had been made public, and only to SELRAP members, and guests.
The study isn't public knowledge yet, due to the fact Both Lancashire, and North Yorkshire CC have to place their input in to the study, once this has been achieved, then, and only then will this be made public. During the AGM, only some of the details had been made public, and only to SELRAP members, and guests. sim1846
  • Score: 0

7:14am Wed 19 Mar 14

coates warder says...

sounds like its a private enterprise for selrap members only.what a joke
sounds like its a private enterprise for selrap members only.what a joke coates warder
  • Score: -3

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree