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SELRAP members are invited to the Railfuture branch meeting in Skipton on 16th July 2018 at 1 pm. agenda.


Railway Magazine for June 2018 is out with a major article on SELRAP.
It is on pages 52-55 and titled Rebuilding a Missing Cross-Pennine Link. See HERE


Rail Magazine issue 853 [May 23 - June 5, 2018] is out with a major article on SELRAP.
It is part of a special feature on rail reopenings.See HERE


All members should now have the May 2018 newsletter [At-a-Glance]. It is also available on-line as is the new leaflet


Northern announce new bi-mode trains on their way April 2018


Supporting article published on Drax website March 23 2018


Rail Magazine March 14-27, 2018


Drax CEO Andy Koss supports Skipton-Colne Mar 9 2018.


Lancashire County Council votes to support Skipton-Colne Feb 22 2018
The motion was proposed by Cllr Wakeford, and starts at roughly 01:27:25 HERE
1. Welcome the study into the reopening of the Colne to Skipton railway line.
2. Reaffirm its support for the line to be reopened.
3. To contribute and support as necessary the Department for Transport and Transport for the North throughout the study.
4. Pay tribute to SELRAP for all their work and campaign to have the line reopened.
5. Thank Andrew Stephenson MP and Julian Smith MP who both played pivotal roles in securing the funding for the study from the Department of Transport.
6. Continue to explore all options for a Colne and villages bypass.


Transport for the North endorses study into Skipton-Colne re-opening Feb 12 2018.
Transport for the North has published an endorsement on their website. It can be found HERE


Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, on Colne station February 3 2018.
He announced that Transport for the North and the Department for Transport would cooperate on a study of the viability of the Skipton to Colne line re-opening.
There is media coverage by BBC ; Calendar ; Stray FM ; Yorkshire Post ; Craven Herald Feb 7 ; Lancashire Telegraph ; Burnley Express ; Pendle Today ;
There is also an announcement by the Lancashire LEP in Lancashire Post .


Transport for the North has published the Strategic Plan for Transport [consultation documents] January 17 2018.
They are HERE . A permanent link is stored on under Project: then Other Useful Documents.
The detailed plans are due out this summer, and we hope to see SELRAP's scheme included, as it ticks so many boxes.


John Grogan asks about Skipton-Colne at Prime Minister's question time December 6 2017.
click HERE for coverage from PMQ's.


We have had good recent coverage on both ITV and BBC.
click HERE for ITV Calendar coverage.
click HERE for BBC Look North coverage.


Andrew Stephenson MP and John Grogan MP host an important meeting at Portcullis Hose - November 1 2017.
click HERE for summary report
click HERE for Andrew Stephenson video.
click HERE for Craven Herald coverage.
click HERE for Yorkshire Post coverage.


Peel Ports calls for better East West rail infrastructure - September 13 2017.
Gary Hodgson, Strategic Projects Director of Peel Ports, calls for more investment in East-West rail infrastructure.
Click for details.


John Grogan question in the House - September 4 2017
John Grogan MP asked the Secretary of State for Transport, 'What assessment has he made of the potential merits of restoring the Skipton to Colne rail route.'
SoS Paul Maynard MP replied that 'local authorities ... will be actively involved in the Transport for the North's Central Pennines strategic development corridor study to develop an outline programme and business case.'


Support from Hyndburn council - July 14 2017
Transport for North (TfN) CEO David Brown [pictured here with Cllr Noordad - one of our supporters] attended Hyndburn's Full Council meeting to present TfN's infrastructure plans. Click [here]

Sept 17 2017 - Cllr Noordad at SELRAP AGM [here]


Question in the House of Lords [Hansard: July 10 2017].
Lord Tony Greaves asked Lord Callanan [under Secretary of State DfT] 'what support are Her Majesty's Government giving to connecting communities and economies in the north of England by the re-opening of railway lines'. The full text, and the reply, are here Hansard. A video of the event is also available here [until August 7] iPlayer starting at 09:10.

It was a strong question, and the reply was encouraging, as was the clear recognition and approval of of the scheme.


Motion in Westminster Hall [Hansard: April 26 2017].
Andrew Stephenson [Pendle] Moved a motion that 'This House has considered the Colne to Skipton railway.' The question was put and agreed to.
The text of his submission, and the reply, are here Hansard A video of the event is also available here Video starting at 12:45.

Andrew made an excellent speech, and the minister's reply was encouraging, though obviously limited by the coming general election.

Question in the House of Commons [Hansard: March 30 2017].
Andrew Stephenson [Pendle] asked 'Is the Minister aware of the economic study on east-west trans-Pennine connectivity that was recently published on behalf of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnerships? The report finds that taking steps such as reopening the Skipton to Colne rail route would boost economic prosperity across the north, but that a failure to improve connectivity from east to west would "critically restrict the growth potential of the Pennine Corridor economy - a key driver of the Northern Powerhouse".'
Paul Maynard MP [Blackpool N and Cleveleys] Under-secretary DfT answered with ' My hon. Friend is entirely correct to point to the importance of trans-Pennine links, be they road or rail. I am very familiar, as I am sure he is, with the Skipton to Colne campaign and the Skipton East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership. I wish it well, and I hope that it features strongly on all the local growth fund bids that come in to the Department.


'Central Trans-Pennine Corridor East - West Connectivity : An Economic Study' - March 28 2017
The report may be found at: [full] [summary] [there is also a link in projects/reports].
This report was commissioned from Cushman & Wakefield by Lancashire Enterprise Partnership in conjunction with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and the York North Yorkshire & East Riding LEP. The report states that there is 'a robust and compelling quantitative and qualitative economic case for enhancing East-West Connectivity across the Central Corridor linking Lancashire with North and West Yorkshire including the reopening of the Colne - Skipton Railway' and goes on to say 'The modelled outcome of adding Skipton-Colne reopening to the 25% network wide reduction in rail generalised costs would be to generate £ 43.47m of GDP benefits per annum'.
The report was approved by Lancashire LEP March 28 2017, and by NYCC on March 31.

Project summary

A New, Fast and Modern Passenger Service into East Lancashire A New East- West Strategic Rail Freight Route
stn The Airedale line is a modern and fast train service running from Leeds and terminating at Skipton. SELRAP's proposal is to extend this by by reopening the closed railway line from Skipton to Colne. This will allow passengers from East Lancashire to travel directly into Leeds in less than 60 minutes. This proposal is supported by Arriva Northern Trains and Skipton Building Society, who both recognise that it will open up employment, educational and leisure opportunities throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire. It also allows the possibility of a direct link to Manchester airport from points from Shipley to Skipton. For project details click here stn SELRAP's proposal will create a fourth East-West trans-Pennine rail route, providing a vital new artery for goods to travel quickly and efficiently across the north. This proposal is supported by Drax: Britains largest electricity generator, and Peel Ports: owners of Liverpool's new Deepwater Port. For project details click here