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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 10th February 2019
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Keighley News
A new partnership has been set-up to extend the popular Great Northern Railway Trail to Keighley and Denholme via sections of disused trackbed.
FoD & WyeV Review
Walkers and cyclists could soon be passing through the 1,188 yard long disused Tidenham Tunnel as part of a ‘Wander Wye’ path bid to link Tintern to Chepstow.
Telegraph & Argus
Turning Queensbury Tunnel into a cycling route would bring 'national and international' attention to Bradford, campaigners have told Council bosses.
Daily Echo
A £5 billion rail network expansion programme to reach the most disconnected and disadvantaged communities by reopening closed lines and repurposing freight routes has been proposed by campaigners.
Teesdale Mercury
County officers are planning to create five public rights of way along the old railway line to Barnard Castle which, for the most part, will be three metres wide and stretch more than two kilometres.



Telegraph & Argus
Bradford Council will support plans to turn Queensbury Tunnel into an underground cycle way, but says it currently cannot commit to undertaking the project with its tightening budget.
Kent Online
Network Rail has announced that it will soon begin to clear the northern section of the disused Folkestone Harbour branch as talks continue with local stakeholders about potential uses for it within the community.
Ilkley Gazette
Ambitious plans for a four kilometre cycle track on the former trackbed of the Arthington to Burley railway have been submitted to Bradford Council.
Rail Technology Magazine
East West Railway Company has announced it is seeking specialist partners to deliver the central section of its reinstated line between Cambridge and Bedford, after publishing a prior information notice.
Yorkshire Post
The Environment Agency is investigating concerns that a stream could be polluted by an operation to pump around 6.6 million gallons of floodwater out of Queensbury Tunnel.
Fife Today
Campaigners seeking to restore the rail link to St Andrews in Fife have marked the 50th anniversary of its closure.
The Courier
Friends of the Earth Scotland is calling for an evaluation of the costs, environmental and health benefits that could be gained from reopening disused railways in Angus.
Halifax Courier
The cost of abandoning Queensbury Tunnel has risen to more than £4 million as a result of logistical difficulties caused by flooding.
Derbyshire Live
Millers Dale Station on the former London-Manchester main line through the Peak District will reopen as a cafe and visitor centre in the spring following a £230,000 project.
Westmorland Gazette
Plans to reopen a scenic path on the route of a disused railway line near Ulverston have won the support of councillors and the local MP.
Yorkshire Post
The disused Goldsborough Station is set to be transformed into a new park and ride facility called Flaxby Parkway Station, 60 years after passengers last used it.
Huddersfield Examiner
Planning chiefs have been urged to look to their consciences after they approved a controversial scheme to infill a disused railway cutting in Heckmondwike for a housing scheme.
Shropshire Star
Campaigners believe DfT funding is the key to unlocking a proposal to reopen the railway that ran from the Ironbridge Power Station to Telford.
Bucks & Winslow Advertiser
Buckingham Town Council is investigating the possibility of making the path along an old railway track through the town into a formal right of way.
BBC News
Three years after a study earmarked five disused railway tunnels in Wales for reopening as cycling and walking routes, one is now in use and work is underway to open two more by 2021.
Southern Reporter
A special service will run from Edinburgh to Tweedbank to mark the 50th anniversary of the Waverley line's closure, as the campaign to reopen more of it gains momentum.

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