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Against the odds, the UK's network of disused railway lines continues to make the news as the 21st Century throws up a host of transport, environmental and health challenges.

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Last updated 15th February 2020
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2020

February

15/2/20
Dorset Echo
Dorset Council has revealed plans to tear up a section of Weymouth's disused 'harbourside tramway' to investigate how the tracks could be removed in future to improve safety.
11/2/20
The Gazette
A fresh call has been made to reopen a 'much-needed' railway in Renfrewshire, with think-tank Railfuture Scotland developing a map of required service improvements including a link through Elderslie, Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm.
9/2/20
Derbyshire Live
A programme of railway reopenings in Derbyshire - including the Peak District main line from Matlock to Buxton - is being studied by a local MP after she met with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to discuss her proposals.
6/2/20
North Wales Live
Denbighshire Council should apply for money to reinstate the line from Corwen to Denbigh according to its transport lead who believes the 60s closure was folly.
4/2/20
Bucks Herald
A new railway linking Aylesbury, Oxford, Milton Keynes and Bedford has finally been given the green light from the Government, including the reinstatement of a disused section of line.
3/2/20
Express & Star
Five miles of disused railway in the West Midlands have been reopened for walkers after a group of volunteers spent the last two years clearing the route.

2020

January

29/1/20
DevonLive
Plans to reopen the line connecting Bere Alston to Tavistock have been given a boost after government launched a fund to help restore historic railway lines closed in the 1960s.
28/1/20
LancsLive
The disused line to Fleetwood could reopen after the government launched a £500 million fund to kickstart the restoration of railways closed more than 50 years ago.
28/1/20
Gloucestershire Live
Ambitious plans to reopen the railway between Kemble and Cirencester have taken a step closer to reality after a funding shortfall for a feasibility study was plugged by Cotswold District Council.
28/1/20
Hull Daily Mail
Restoring direct rail services between Beverley and York should be considered under a new government fund aimed at bringing mothballed lines back into use.
28/1/20
BBC News
The reopening of the Dumfries-Stranraer rail link is one of a series of options being taken forward to try to improve transport in south-west Scotland.
23/1/20
Swindon Advertiser
A survey of the historic Mechanics' Institute in Swindon will be carried out over the next few weeks after council officials gained access, allowing stakeholders to decide what can be done with the building.
21/1/20
Cornwall Live
A new network of four cycling and walking trails have been backed by councillors in Cornwall, including one running mostly along a disused railway.
18/1/20
North Wales Live
A railway which hasn't been used for around 80 years could be reopened to connect a major tourist attraction with a popular narrow gauge line.
14/1/20
ITV News
Work on the restoration of the Great Central's railway station in Leicester has almost been completed as part of its multi-million pound transformation to accommodate hotels, shops, flats and offices.
13/1/20
Yorkshire Post
A section of disused railway which disappeared in 1985 could be reinstated as part of a review of the way the proposed HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail connect with each other in West Yorkshire.
8/1/20
Ilkley Gazette
A senior Leeds city councillor has reiterated calls to reopen some of district’s lost railway stations to help combat climate change and get more people using public transport.
5/1/20
Yorkshire Post
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has made clear that he wants to find a 'viable way forward' for the proposal to reopen Queensbury Tunnel as a cycle path as the row over its future continues.

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