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Colne to Skipton rail link feasibility study to begin
8:00am Friday 15th March 2013 in News
A CONSULTANCY firm has been appointed to start a feasibility study in the reinstatement of the Colne to Skipton rail link.
The campaign group SELRAP (Skipton East Lancashire Action Rail Partnership) have commissioned Arup to carry out the first phase of the Grip (Guide to Railway Investment Projects) process.
The study looks at how each project on the National Rail network would operate and whether such a scheme is worth pursuing.
A SELRAP spokesman said: “Highly respected rail transport consultants Arup have been commissioned to do part 1a and 1b of the Grip process. Arup have been described as a blue chip company and are highly respected by the rail industry.
“To progress this feasibility study to stage two the we have recently launched an appeal for funding.
“This is a very positive development for SELRAP to support our aim to see the reinstatement of the rail link between Skipton and Colne. Anyone wishing to support the appeal is asked to send cheques made payable to Selrap to deputy chairman Peter Nowland at 3 Ivegate, Colne, BB8 9BN.”
The Colne to Skipton rail line closed in 1970 and the track was ripped up, but the bed remains in place.
SELRAP would like to see a double electrified line so that a 21st Century rail service can be provided.
The group believes that the Grip study would spell out the technical case for re-opening the line and would provide a stronger argument for securing funding to get the work off the ground.