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11:21am 3rd February 2018
(Updated 11:56am 3rd February 2018)

A new study into the potential reopening of a historic Lancashire to North Yorkshire rail line was announced today by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

The Transport Secretary announced the feasibility study into the value of reopening the Skipton to Colne railway on a visit to Colne Railway Station.

The 12-mile route, which last ran in 1970, could create a faster rail route across the Pennines and allow new passenger services between Lancashire, Skipton and Leeds, connecting towns on the route to new jobs and education opportunities.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

“We are carrying out the biggest investment in the North for a generation and are committed to improving rail links to boost the Northern Powerhouse.

“The historic line between Skipton and Colne could deliver a vital link across the Pennines to boost business and move goods between the east and west much more quickly. 

“I want this study to look clearly at the business case and value that the line could provide.”

The study is being co-commissioned by the Department for Transport and Transport for the North and is due to be completed later this year. 

It supports Transport for the North’s ambition to improve connectivity in the central Pennines corridor. 

Transport for the North’s Chief Executive, Barry White said:

“We are delighted that the Department for Transport has committed to exploring the possibility of reopening the railway line between Skipton and Colne. We will now work with the Department, taking note of previous work undertaken, to produce a cost and economic benefit study for reopening the line. 

“In our recently published draft Strategic Transport Plan for the North, we identified the Central Pennines as one of seven Strategic Development Corridors vital to future economic growth in the North. 

“This work could help to improve connectivity in the Central Pennines and a reopened rail link between Skipton and Colne could create a new, faster freight-route across the Pennines as well as benefiting passengers with new services between Lancashire, Skipton and Leeds.

“This supports our vision of a thriving North of England, where modern transport connections drive economic growth and support an excellent quality of life.” 

Responding to the announcement that a feasibility study will be conducted on the potential for re-opening the Skipton-Colne railway line, Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said:

“Transforming east-west links for passengers and freight across the North of England is one of the keys to unlocking the full economic potential of the Leeds City Region and a re-opened Skipton-Colne railway line could play a role.

“We welcome this feasibility study as a sensible step to better understand the financial and engineering implications as well as the economic and social benefits which could be delivered if this project was taken forward.”

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