Ten schemes win share of funding pot to develop schemes

This summer South Western Railway ran a special fact-finding train to investigate the potential for re-opening the Fawley to Totton line

The Department for Transport has revealed the rail restoration schemes that have successfully passed the first hurdle in the inaugural round of the government’s Restoring Your Railway Fund bidding process.

These comprise planned reopenings of Meir station in Staffordshire, Wellington station in Somerset, and Cullompton station in Devon; the reintroduction of passenger services between Leicester and Burton (Ivanhoe line), Bury-Heywood-Rochdale, Clitheroe and Hellifield, Totton and Fawley (Waterside line), and Sheffield and Chesterfield via Barrow Hill; the restoration of passing loop on the Watford Junction-St Albans Abbey line; the reopening of branch lines on the Isle of Wight; and a new station at Lydeway to serve Devizes.

The schemes that have passed the first hurdle

The schemes that have been shortlisted will be allocated funding to develop their business cases in partnership with local businesses and stakeholders.

Meanwhile, the DfT has also revealed bidders for the second round of the scheme.

They include plans for the introduction of Metrolink or tram-train services to extending the existing service from East Didsbury to Stockport; the reinstatement of the Upper Wensleydale Railway; the introduction of a heritage line and potentially a year-round passenger service between Swanage and Wareham; and reopening Ferryhill station in County Durham.

The government has already confirmed that there will be a third round of the scheme with funding of £20m. It will be launched in the autumn.

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