The Anonymous Widower

Beeching Reversal – Mablethorpe

This is one of the Round 3 bids of Beeching Reversal projects that the Government and Network Rail are proposing to reverse some of the Beeching cuts.

Maplethorpe is an traditional seaside town  between Skegness and Cleethorpes, which is shown in this Google Map.

Note.

  1. The town has a population of around 12,000.
  2. The beach looks good.
  3. The red arrow shows the position of the former station, which is now a leisure centre.

It looks like building a railway to the original site would be very challenging.

The original railway through the town was the Mablethorpe Loop Line, which ran between Willoughby and Louth.

  • Louth is the largest town in Lincolnshire without a rail connection.
  • Willoughby and Louth stations were both on the East Lincolnshire Line, which connected Boston and Grimsby Town stations.
  • Much of the original trackbeds can still be picked out on the map, but no rail lines exist.

It would be a very large enterprise to rebuild all the original lines.

I think there are two possible solutions to provide a rail link to Maplethorpe.

Boston and Maplethorpe

This Google Map shows the area between Boston and Maplethorpe.

Note.

  1. Maplethorpe is in the North-East corner of the map.
  2. Boston is in the South-West corner of the map.
  3. Skegness is on the coast between the two.

It would probably be possible to build a single track railway on the old track bed between Boston and the Western side of of Maplethorpe.

Skegness and Maplethorpe

This Google Map shows Skegness station.

Note, that it is not a small station and it is in the town centre.

Ever since, I saw the coastal tram in Belgium, I have thought that they are a way of giving new life to traditional seaside resorts.

  • Skegness and Mablethorpe are less than twenty miles apart.
  • So could a tram start at Skegness station, work its way to the coast and then proceed along the coast all the way to Maplethorpe.
  • It could even finish at Cleethorpes station.

I definitely think there are possibilities for a coastal tram.

March 17, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Skegness has consistently blocked reopening due to some of the rather negative PR by Mablethorpe: –

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | March 17, 2021 | Reply

    • 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

      Comment by MauriceGReed | March 17, 2021 | Reply


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