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Big Step Forward’ For Colne To Skipton Rail Link Dream

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in the Lancashire Telegraph.

This is the introductory paragraph.

THE inclusion of the re-opening of the Colne to Skipton rail link in a government planning document has been hailed as ‘a big step forward’ by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson.

Some points from the article.

  • The project is included in Department for Transport’s Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline for 2019 to 2024.
  • There is also a load of cynicism from other politicians.

However, this document from the South-East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership is more encouraging.




October 18, 2019 Posted by | Transport | | Leave a comment

Road Toll Proposal To Plug Electric Car Tax Shortfall

The title of this post is the same as an article in today’s copy of The Times.

Last year, tax on petrol and diesel raised £27.9 billion. As the Committee on Climate Change (CCC)  is saying that all new cars and vans should be electric by 2030 or 2035 at the latest, it seems very likely that there will be a tax shortfall, as electric cars don’t pay fuel tax.

So the CCC is suggesting that road pricing be introduced

I predict that whichever government introduces it, they will lose the next election.


October 18, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , | 7 Comments

Fresh Calls For ‘Missing Link’ Buxton To Matlock Railway Line To Be Reopened

The title of this post is the same as that of an article in the Buxton Advertiser.

I wrote in full about this route in Connecting The Powerhouses, after an article was published in the June 2017 Edition of Modern Railways.

This was my conclusion.

It’s very difficult to find a reason not to reopen the Peak Main Line.

I think in the last two years the case for reopening the Peak Main Line between Buxton and Matlock may have become even stronger.


A group called the Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership or MEMRAP has been setup to promote the case for reopening.

A web site has been created.

New Lower-Carbon And Quieter Passenger Trains

Rolling stock has improved and trains like tri-mode Class 755 trains and possible battery electric trains, should be able to handle the route in a more environmentally-friendly way.

Transport Of Building Materials

This is a paragraph from the Buxton Advertiser article.

Funding for the project, according to Mr Greenwood, would come from working in partnership with local quarries which are supplying materials for the new Heathrow Airport runway and are involved with the HS2 project.

Network Rail has already have spent a lot of money to improve freight access to the quarries, as I reported in £14m Peak District Rail Freight Extension Unveiled. So the demand for building materials must be there and going via Matlock would remove some heavy freight trains from the Hope Valley Line.

Heavy freight trains might not be welcomed by all stakeholders.

Possible High Speed Two Cutbacks

As I wrote in Rumours Grow Over Future Of HS2, The Eastern leg of High Speed Two might be axed.

This may or may not change the case for reopening the Peak Main Line.

There Will Be Opposition

This is two paragraphs from the Buxton Advertiser article.

Peak Rail has long campaigned to re-open the line for heritage trains to run between Buxton and Matlock. However, director Paul Tomlinson said he was not in favour of the new plans.

He said: “I’m all in favour raising the profile of the line to get it re-opened but we can’t support this new idea.

Others will also object.


There will be various opposing pressures on both sides of reopening the Peak MNain Line.

In favour will be.

  • The quarries.
  • Cities like Derby and Nottingham and passengers wanting better links to and from Manchester and its Airport.
  • Transport for the North, as opening could increase capacity on the Hope Valley Line between Manchester and Sheffield.

Local interests will want to maintain the status quo.

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