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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 24th June 2019
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2019

June

24/6/19
Gloucestershire Live
Planners have given the go-ahead to demolish a historic railway bridge in order to provide access to a new housing estate in Ross-on-Wye.
22/6/19
East Lothian Courier
Remains of an early Scottish waggonway have been unearthed near Meadowmill in a find which has been described as having 'huge significance'.
13/6/19
Bristol Live
Ambitious plans for the future of public transport around Bristol - combining trains, buses and cycle/walkways - are set to take a huge leap forward.
13/6/19
Coventry Live
A date has finally been set to remove a disused railway bridge in Nuneaton after years at the centre of frustrating traffic congestion when wagons have become wedged beneath it.
11/6/19
Manchester Evening News
Manchester's Mayfield Depot could be transformed into a huge new music, theatre, film, food and arts venue, managed by some of the people behind Parklife and the Warehouse Project.
11/6/19
Nottinghamshire Live
Work to transform the iconic Bennerley Viaduct into a public walkway could start this autumn.
11/6/19
Otley Observer
Otley Town Council has approved funding for a bat survey in support of the Wharfedale Greenway which aims to transform a disused railway line into a walking and cycling route between Pool-in-Wharfedale and Menston.
10/6/19
Doncaster Free Press
The biggest upgrade of the East Coast Main Line in a generation will see signalling equipment removed from a disused tunnel at King's Cross prior to track being relaid through it.
6/6/19
DevonLive
The two final stages of the Wray Valley Trail that links Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead via on old branch line should be complete by the end of the year.
6/6/19
Telegraph & Argus
Campaigners fighting to save Queensbury Tunnel from abandonment have asked supporters to 'stand up and make our voices heard' after plans to infill the historic structure were officially lodged by Highways England.
5/6/19
Edinburgh Evening News
A disused railway station could be restored as a centrepiece of the regeneration of Granton.
2/6/19
Craven Herald & Pioneer
A campaign to reopen the former railway line between Skipton and Colne has received another boost after it was announced as a winning project in the Great British Transport Competition.
1/6/19
DevonLive
Plans have been submitted to lay a section of track on a former railway in North Devon which was closed back in 1970...but it would only be 10 metres long!

2019

May

31/5/19
County Times
A campaign has been launched to reopen the former Horsham to Guildford railway line which has been shut since the 1960s.
14/5/19
Daily Mail
Scrapping the controversial HS2 project would free-up enough cash to bankroll 28 critical transport projects across Britain, including the reopening of several disused railways.
13/5/19
Southern Reporter
UK Government ministers have confirmed their commitment to carrying out a study into the feasibility of extending the Borders Railway into England and are calling on their Scottish counterparts to do likewise.
1/5/19
Bristol Live
Steeped in history, Bristol's Clifton Rocks Railway could become the city's newest visitor attraction after being bought by a new owner who has plans to reopen it as a museum.

2019

April

28/4/19
Derbyshire Live
Enthusiasts are hoping to breathe new life into the three-mile Maerdy branch line in Rhondda Cynon Taff, 55 years since passengers last trundled along it.
18/4/19
Derbyshire Live
The span of a disused railway bridge, now forming part of the 17-mile High Peak Trail, has been destroyed after it was struck by a lorry.
12/4/19
North Wales Live
A member of the Welsh Assembly believes that a railway bridge, damaged when a lorry got wedged underneath it, should be reinstated to help local enthusiasts revive the disused Anglesey Central Railway.
9/4/19
West Bridgford Wire
Cyclists and Council members have come together to celebrate the official opening of a new £250,000 greenway along a disused mineral railway which will improve access and boost wildlife at Cotgrave Country Park.
9/4/19
Yorkshire Evening Post
Two disused railway viaducts in Leeds - Holbeck and Monk Bridge - could become New York-style 'highline' routes within the next decade.
8/4/19
Nottinghamshire Live
Plans have been submitted to turn Bennerley Viaduct into a public footpath for walkers and cyclists after £485,000 in funding was secured.
8/4/19
Go London
A disused Victorian viaduct in Hammersmith is being lined up as London’s answer to New York’s High Line linear park, with a competition launched to find ideas to restore the structure for public use.
6/4/19
Telegraph & Argus
Three of Bradford’s MPs have backed the campaign to preserve Queensbury Tunnel as a major cycle route.
4/4/19
Road.cc
A new cycle route along a disused Leicestershire railway - which was intended to serve as a memorial for a 13-year-old boy killed while cycling - has been blocked by local landowner.
1/4/19
Hull Live
A huge Victorian railway goods station in Hull has been revealed for the first time in decades as nearby buildings are demolished to make way for a redevelopment of the site.
1/4/19
The Scotsman
The campaign to extend the Borders Railway to Hawick or Carlisle has received a major boost with the Government announcing its backing for a feasibility study.

2019

March

14/3/19
Nottinghamshire Live
Subject to planning and listed building consent, work to install a walkway across Bennerley Viaduct could begin by the end of the summer, with a funding target of £690,000.
14/3/19
Lynn News
Restoring the rail link between Lynn and Hunstanton could potentially save lives by reducing road congestion, local councillors have heard.
14/3/19
This is Wiltshire
Thousands have signed a petition to protect a cycle path along a disused railway between Chippenham and Calne following the revelation that Wiltshire Council is considering its closure to cut costs.
12/3/19
Daily Record
Proposals to introduce a more direct rail link between Perth and Edinburgh - by reopening a line that closed in 1970 - are to be examined by Transport Scotland.
10/3/19
North Wales Live
Reopening the disused line between Caernarfon and Bangor would cost £16m per mile but bring more than 7,000 people within walking distance of a main line station, according to a new report.
6/3/19
Leicester Mercury
A prospective local Councillor in Leicester has suggested that the city’s disused Glenfield Tunnel could be brought back into use as a cycle and walking route.
3/3/19
Keighley News
Judith Cummins, the MP for Bradford South, has accused Highways England of trying to 'kill off by stealth' plans to reopen Queensbury Tunnel as a foot and cycle path.
1/3/19
BBC News
After 45 years rebuilding the railway line between Llangollen and Corwen, volunteers say they only need £10,000 to finish the final stretch.
1/3/19
The Scotsman
Plans to restore a hidden derelict platform beneath Glasgow Central are 'on the right track', Network Rail has revealed as Scotland’s busiest station prepares to star in a new BBC series.

2019

February

27/2/19
Nottingham Post
The viability of plans to bring Bennerley Viaduct back into public use will be known in March when a decision is made on a funding application.
27/2/19
Teesdale Mercury
Long-awaited plans to create a 12-mile walk along the old railway line from Barnard Castle to Bishop Auckland have been dropped from a flagship policy.
23/2/19
Road.cc
Highways England has announced a £17 million investment in walking and cycling projects in Cornwall, including a multi-use trail along a disused railway between Perranporth and Newquay.
20/2/19
The Gazette
Competing visions have been laid out about whether the disused railway line between Fleetwood and Poulton should be restored for use by trains or trams.
20/2/19
Rail Technology Magazine
Shepton Mallet railway station could be restored after the local authority unveiled a new long-term vision for its rail route.
15/2/19
Pontefract & Castleford Express
A new walking and cycling route is set to be built along a disused railway track between Green Row Bridge at Methley Junction and Castleford, following approval from Leeds City Council.
10/2/19
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.
6/2/19
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.
5/2/19
Telegraph & Argus
Turning Queensbury Tunnel into a cycling route would bring 'national and international' attention to Bradford, campaigners have told Council bosses.
5/2/19
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.
2/2/19
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.

2019

January

30/1/19
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.
23/1/19
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.
21/1/19
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.
21/1/19
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.
17/1/19
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.
16/1/19
Fife Today
Campaigners seeking to restore the rail link to St Andrews in Fife have marked the 50th anniversary of its closure.
15/1/19
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.
15/1/19
Halifax Courier
The cost of abandoning Queensbury Tunnel has risen to more than £4 million as a result of logistical difficulties caused by flooding.
13/1/19
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.
13/1/19
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.
9/1/19
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.
7/1/19
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.
5/1/19
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.
3/1/19
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.
3/1/19
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.
1/1/19
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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