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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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2008

December

31/12/08
Lancashire Telegraph
A group of Pendle councillors is urging county council bosses to buy the disused trackbed between Colne and New Hague "before it is too late".
28/12/08
Fenland Citizen
Supporters of the bid to re-open the line from March to Wisbech as a community heritage railway are planning a major fundraising campaign for 2009 to raise the final £10,000 needed to ensure they have sufficient funds to gain the lease and legal powers.
19/12/08
The News (Portsmouth)
19/12/08
Daily Mail
18/12/08
BBC News
Tentative approval for Southwold line
18/12/08
Advertiser 24 (Norwich)
17/12/08
Fife Today
A multi-billion pound Scottish transport scheme should see the Levenmouth railway reopened.
16/12/08
Northern Echo
Plans to create a 12-mile long park along the banks of the River Wear - which will cross Belmont Viaduct - have moved forward with the appointment of a project manager.
10/12/08
This is Kent
10/12/08
This is Bristol
8/12/08
This is Bath
Councillor wants disused line used for foot/cycle route instead of Bus Rapid Transit scheme.
Wrangle over inflated guided bus costs
8/12/08
Hunts Post
8/12/08
Yorkshire Post
Christmas shoppers have made an epic 100-mile journey by train from Skipton to Colne - two towns separated by an 11½-mile missing rail link.
5/12/08
Bike Radar
The Two Tunnels Greenway in Bath is nearing its fundraising target thanks to 101 painted pigs.

2008

November

Hopes of a return ticket for trains
26/11/08
North Devon Gazette
Enthusiasts who want to see trains running again through the Torridge Valley have laid two track panels at Torrington Station.
25/11/08
Scarborough Evening News
The old Scarborough-Whitby line could become a tourist attraction if sufficient funding is found.
21/11/08
Chester Chronicle
21/11/08
Bucks Free Press
The fate of the disused line between High Wycombe and Bourne End rests is in the government's hands following a three day planning inquiry to decide if 29 homes can be built on the trackbed.
Thornton reopens as traffic-free route
21/11/08
Forgotten Relics
20/11/08
Bike Radar
A new traffic-free section of the National Cycle Network has opened through the Clydach Gorge.
Railway reopening in homes battle
19/11/08
Bucks Free Press
The possibility of reopening the Bourne End-High Wycombe line has been argued during a public enquiry into a controversial planning application.
Blackfriars upgrade gets underway
17/11/08
Transport Briefing
Work to widen Blackfriars bridge has begun as part of the Thameslink scheme, involving the use of redundant piers which formerly supported an adjacent railway structure.
17/11/08
The News (Portsmouth)
Smedley Viaduct cleared for Metrolink
11/11/08
GMTPE
11/11/08
The Journal (North East)
10/11/08
Yorkshire Post
10/11/08
Scarborough Evening News
Architecture students are studying the old Scarborough-Whitby line, looking at ways of improving it and increasing levels of public use and enjoyment.
7/11/08
Evening Courier (Halifax)
6/11/08
The Journal (North East)
5/11/08
Daily Mail
5/11/08
Bath Chronicle
Work should begin early next year on a new path through two old tunnels to the south of Bath.
4/11/08
Bike Radar
3/11/08
The Journal (North East)
3/11/08
Evening Courier (Halifax)
A meeting is being held to discuss a proposed cycleway over a disused railway viaduct.
2/11/08
BBC News
Seventy pig scultures have been auctioned to raise cash for Bath's Two Tunnels Greenway.

2008

October

29/10/08
Eastern Daily Press
The reinstatement of the Kings Lynn-Hunstanton line is to be discussed by West Norfolk Council.
24/10/08
Pendle Today
A new route is being sought for the A56 Villages Bypass in case the Colne-Skipton line reopens.
24/10/08
Whitby Gazette
Historic railways to feature on TV
24/10/08
Norwich Evening News
24/10/08
Bourne Local
A man underwent nine hours of surgery after losing a finger as he climbed into Toft Tunnel.
New line shunts cycle path aside
23/10/08
Evening News (Edinburgh)
23/10/08
Northern Echo
14/10/08
This is Bristol
14/10/08
BBC News
The extension to the Welsh Highland Railway looks set to open as planned next Easter.
10/10/08
Leicester Mercury
Leicester City Council has won its battle to demolish a bowstring bridge in the city's West End.
8/10/08
Malton Mercury
Enthusiasts are meeting to persue their dream of reopening a line across the Yorkshire Wolds.
3/10/08
Media Guardian
3/10/08
Manchester Evening News
Diggers have moved in to clear a former line through Chorlton, to make way for trams.
1/10/08
Bordon Post
Top transport experts agree that Whitehill and Bordon should have its old railway reinstated.
1/10/08
Lancashire Telegraph

2008

September

30/9/08
This is Derbyshire
Archaeologists hope to unearth the remains of Sheep Pasture Incline's old engine house.
Man with a one track mind
26/9/08
The Herald (Glasgow)
An academic's view of Beeching's Scottish legacy.
24/9/08
Press & Journal
East-West rail link secures £2m
23/9/08
Transport Briefing
Promoters of a reinstated Oxford-Cambridge line have secured £2m for development work.
19/9/08
BBC News
A plan to reopen the old 15-mile line between Plymouth and Tavistock has taken a step forward.
15/9/08
Scarborough Evening News
Locals are being asked for their views on renovations to the Scarborough-Whitby railway path.
'Two Tunnels' scheme progress
13/9/08
Bath Chronicle
Work a bridge too far - Councillor
11/9/08
South Wales Argus
Plans to spend nearly £200,000 on safety improvements to an old bridge have been criticised.
8/9/08
Bucks Free Press
Portishead rail link a step closer?
5/9/08
Weston & Somerset Mercury
5/9/08
This is Nottingham
A local council has objected to the compulsory purchase of an embankment for a tram extension.
Alloa reopening success prompts study
1/9/08
Transport Briefing
Services on the new Alloa line have proved so popular that an extension is being examined.

2008

August

30/8/08
Daily Post (North Wales)
The Welsh Highland Railway is on-track to fully reopen by next Easter.
Anger over plans for homes on old line
29/8/08
This is Lancashire
Locals have vowed to fight plans to build a large housing estate on the old Bolton-Bury trackbed.
Vandals hit historic bridge
28/8/08
News & Star (Carlisle)
27/8/08
Lancashire Evening Post
22/8/08
Lancashire Evening Post
19/8/08
Broadcast Now
The BBC will screen several shows this autumn, looking at Beeching's legacy and railway walks.
12/8/08
BBC News
Workers maintaining Harecastle Tunnel became ill after breathing in fumes.
12/8/08
The Gazette (Blackpool)
Music mogul Pete Waterman backs restoration of the Fleetwood-Thornton line.
12/8/08
Daily Post (North Wales)
11/8/08
Yorkshire Post
Phase 3 of the Great Northern Trail will soon reveal spectacular views from Thornton Viaduct.
Engineers find mystery bridge under road
9/8/08
This is Lancashire
7/8/08
East Lothian Courier
Plans to reopen East Linton's mothballed railway station has made positive tracks.
7/8/08
Ledbury Reporter
6/8/08
BBC News
4/8/08
South Devon
4/8/08
Birmingham Post

2008

July

31/7/08
Your Vale
Plans to extend the Llangollen Railway into Corwen move ahead with a public meeting in the town.
Back to rail on the trail?
23/7/08
North Devon Gazette
Trains could return to the Torridge Valley if a rail group's plans come to fruition.
23/7/08
Bootle Times
18/7/08
BBC News
Enthusiasts have laid track on the old Belfast & County Down Railway, closed nearly 60 years ago.
16/7/08
Shoreham Herald
16/7/08
Deeside Piper
A disused railway linking Banchory and Crathes is to be reopened to rail enthusiasts.
13/7/08
Wilts & Gloucs Standard
11/7/08
Cambridge News
8/7/08
Sunderland Echo
4/7/08
BBC News
The first of Sustrans' Connect2 schemes has been opened to pedestrians and cyclists in Dumfries.
1/7/08
Press & Journal (Aberdeen)
Residents of St Cyrus have been working to transform an old cutting into a community garden.
1/7/08
Yorkshire Post
Three footplate men will be reunited with the Mallard to celebrate the loco's record speed run.

2008

June

Railway line back on track?
29/6/08
Weston Mercury
Study finds Portishead to Bristol rail link would be "feasible".
27/6/08
Evng Gazette (Middlesbrough)
24/6/08
Redditch Standard
22/6/08
Chard & Ilminster News
19/6/08
The Argus (Brighton)
19/6/08
Harrow Times
Dozens of people serving time in the community have cleared up a disused railway line.
19/6/08
South Manchester Reporter
18/6/08
Bucks Free Press
Councillors are preparing to fight plans to build homes on a disused railway line in Wooburn Green.
17/6/08
News & Star (Carlisle)
17/6/08
Liverpool Echo
Pier Head Station will be recreated in the Museum of Liverpool, opening in 2010.
17/6/08
Cambridge News
14/6/08
Loughborough News
12/6/08
Yorkshire Post
A progress report on the proposed reopening of the Skipton-Colne line.
Demolition warning over Bath bus plan
12/6/08
This is Bath
11/6/08
Wigan Today
Getting Bristol's trains on the right track
10/6/08
This is Bristol
Campaigners have urged councillors to "reunite the city" by reopening Ashton Gate station.
10/6/08
The News (Portsmouth)
A rapid bus link over Gosport's old railway line has come in for criticism.
Artist blacksmith revives old rail
4/6/08
Dereham Times
3/6/08
Building
3/6/08
Northern Echo

2008

May

Proposed bus route could affect cycleway
28/5/08
This is Bristol
27/5/08
Lynn News
24/5/08
Southport Visiter
24/5/08
News & Star
Stirling-Alloa line reopens to passengers
19/5/08
Transport Briefing
19/5/08
Longridge News
Ramblers make progress over right-of-way
12/5/08
Darlington & Stockton Times
A decision not to make the old Boosbeck-Slapewath line into a right-of-way has been overturned.
12/5/08
Journal Live (Newcastle)
Ashington's first passenger train in 40 years will run on 7th June to promote the line's reopening.
7/5/08
Liverpool Daily Post
3/5/08
Scarborough Evening News
A feasibility study looks at turning Scarborough station's former parcels office into an art studio.
Next stop Chorlton
1/5/08
South Manchester Reporter
Work could start soon on a new spur for Manchester's Metrolink along a disused trackbed.

2008

April

29/4/08
Darlington & Stockton Times
Masham station yard and Richmond station have been shortlisted for restoration prizes.
29/4/08
Metro
A railway fanatic hopes to open a museum at the disused station he's just bought for £300,000.
23/4/08
Bike Radar
22/4/08
The Star (South Yorkshire)
18/4/08
The Star (South Yorkshire)
17/4/08
Hereford Times
17/4/08
Wigan Evening Post
Gangs of teenagers are putting lives at risk by throwing missiles from a disused railway bridge.
17/4/08
BBC News
Glasgow City Council has blocked plans to reopen a disused subterranean station as a nightclub.
12/4/08
BBC News
An old route into Plymouth may be revived if the Dawlish line keeps being swamped by the sea.
10/4/08
The Times
7/4/08
Evening News (Edinburgh)
Sustrans intends to transform the old line from Millerhill to Loanhead into a cycle route.

2008

March

30/3/08
Bike Radar
28/3/08
Evening Times (Glasgow)
Tunnels could become Lords' cricket nets
28/3/08
Marylebone Express
15/3/08
Evening Courier (Halifax)
Work to lay a cycle path over West Vale viaduct has ended following protests from locals.
13/3/08
The Citizen (Burnley)
12/3/08
The Press (York)
11/3/08
Evening Gazette (Newcastle)
A covered, moving walkway over an old viaduct could soon link an arena with Newcastle station.
11/3/08
Express & Star (West Mids)
Trams could run along a disused Black Country freight line as part of a £388million project.
New section of Ecclesbourne railway opens
10/3/08
Transport Briefing
Waverley costs now £295m as delays grow
6/3/08
The Herald (Scotland)
Bid to convert goods shed may hit buffers
4/3/08
Suffolk & Essex Online
4/3/08
Evening News (Edinburgh)
Two stretches of disused line could be secured for use as part of Edinburgh's rail network.
2/3/08
Sunderland Echo

2008

February

Museum plan for steam train attraction
27/2/08
Leicester Mercury
24/2/08
BBC News
The curtain has come down on an old railway wagon converted into a tiny cinema.
Brunel pump house faces demolition
23/2/08
This is Cornwall
22/2/08
Birmingham Mail
Campaigners hoping to have Alrewas station reopened have received backing from landowners.
22/2/08
Liverpool Daily Post
Hopes have been raised that two of Liverpool's commuter hubs could be linked via a disused line.
22/2/08
Evening Courier (Halifax)
19/2/08
BBC News
The biggest airline operating out of Belfast Airport want a disused railway line back in action.
13/2/08
Bedford Today
Plans to develop part of Luton and Dunstable's guided busway could soon get the green light.
8/2/08
Daily Post (North Wales)
8/2/08
BBC News
The need for more housing in Tavistock could justify reopening a line which closed 40 years ago.
6/2/08
Telegraph & Argus (Bradford)
4/2/08
Daily Post (North Wales)
2/2/08
The Bolton News
Police were forced to close a road after a man jumped from Darcy Lever viaduct.
1/2/08
Evening Courier (Halifax)

2008

January

28/1/08
Daily Echo (Dorset)
25/1/08
BBC News
23/1/08
Ormskirk Advertiser
21/1/08
The Journal
Transport bosses hope to reopen the Leamside line to create a new Tyne-Tees rail link.
20/1/08
BBC News
A multi-million pound freight link between the Port of Liverpool and the WCML gets a green light.
Cycle route needs more cash
10/1/08
Bath Chronicle
3/1/08
BBC News

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