New calls to reopen the Leicester to Northampton passenger line which closed below the Beeching cuts of the Sixties
New calls are being made to reopen a regional passenger line that was closed by the Beeching cuts of the Sixties.
Campaigners are pushing for the previous Leicester-Northampton railway line to be reopened to paying passengers.
It’s a part of a context of rising assist from the federal government and strain teams for the reopening of regional traces as a part of the nation’s transition to a extra sustainable transport community.
The Tories have created a funding envelope of almost £ 800million to jumpstart the reopening of some traces and stations which have been dismantled or turned freight simply over 50 years in the past.
Beneath the Beeching cuts, almost a 3rd of British passenger lanes have been taken out of service.
The foyer group Sustainable Transport Northamptonshire needs to reconnect the previous railway line with new passenger stations in Leicestershire at Lutterworth, Cosby and probably Broughton Astley.
The route might additionally function providers between Northampton and Nottingham with a plan to attach the logistics middle at Magna Park close to Lutterworth.
The undertaking would see the road comply with the unique Nice Central Railway which runs alongside the M1 earlier than becoming a member of the Birmingham-Leicester line close to the present Narborough station.
The proposals have been submitted to the primary stage of the federal government’s “Restore Your Railway Fund”.
This ‘Concepts Fund’ step might assist discover the feasibility of the route by offering 75% of the prices – as much as £ 50,000 – for a enterprise case to be developed.
The thought was formally submitted within the final spherical of purposes which closed on Friday March fifth.
MP Alberto Costa from southern Leicestershire endorsed the plan.
He stated: “These are extraordinarily thrilling tasks to revive the historic Lutterworth Line between Leicester and Rugby and I’m really delighted to assist them.
“The proposals put ahead by Sustainable Transport Northamptonshire would revolutionize the regional transport system now we have in southern Leicestershire and meet one of many authorities’s major targets by shifting heavy-duty transport to a way more sustainable rail freight community.
“The Lutterworth Line would carry monumental financial and social advantages by connecting Rugby, Northampton and Leicester, and with a great sized station in Lutterworth and a village station for Cosby, it will make it simpler for my constituents to maneuver round sure elements. from the nation. .
“As well as, this undertaking would undoubtedly carry a big quantity of optimistic commerce to this a part of the county.”
Harry Burr, 14, is a Northampton Railways activist who began Sustainable Transport Northamptonshire in 2020.
He stated: “We wish to join as many individuals as attainable in probably the most environmentally sustainable method attainable, which is why we’re supporting this undertaking.
“It connects a city of 10,000 folks, Lutterworth, with no current rail hyperlink, to the rail community, whereas connecting three massive communities collectively; Northampton, Rugby and Leicester. “