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Connecting communities across the north.


This general election promote the cause - Attend a hustings. [Candidates along the line]

Ask if the candidates support re-opening the Skipton-Colne railway line. Refer them to the recent study commissioned by the counties and LEPs [study]
It strongly supports our case with and estimated £ 43.5 million yearly increase in GDP.
Add in the benefits of enabling major employers in the Aire valley to recruit in East Lancashire; the stimulus to tourism; the chance of a direct rail link from Craven to Manchester airport, as well as Brierfield to Leeds, etc. perhaps the question should be, 'if the candidate does not support us, why not'.
But please remember that SELRAP is a non-political organisation, and we are looking to gain support, rather than create opponents.


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March 28 2017 - 'Central Trans-Pennine Corridor East - West Connectivity : An Economic Study' approved by Lancashire LEP [full] [summary] [there is also a link in projects/reports].
This was commissioned from Cushman & Wakefield by Lancashire Enterprise Partnership in conjunction with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and the York North Yorkshire & Easy 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".

March 31 2017 the report was presented to NYCC.


July 5 2016 - SELRAP met Andrew Jones MP [Under Secretary Of State For Transport], at Westminster!
SELRAP were accompanied by David Cutter [CEO of Skipton Building Society] and Andrew Stephenson MP [Pendle, and a SELRAP patron]. The aim of this meeting was to update the minister and seek advice on options of how the re-opening the Skipton to Colne line could be progressed. Mr Cutter echoed the findings of the ODG report, and pointed out that only 25% of the Skipton head office employees live in Lancashire. This showed how the poor connectivity between East Lancashire and Skipton was restricting recruitment. Andrew Jones concurred that further work needed to be done to better understand the scale of economic, social and environmental benefits the scheme would bring to the area and beyond, and also to examine improved resilience, reduced congestion , and the impact on companies like Drax. SELRAP suggested that this was a low cost, low risk rail project that could contribute to making the Northern Powerhouse a reality. The minister advised that SELRAP liaise further with Transport for the North and the relevant Local Economic Partnerships as a means of forwarding the project to the next phase.


March 16 2016 - the Outputs Definition Group [ODG] report is adopted by LCC.
After several meetings during 2015, the ODG produced its report. It includes Skipton - Colne as one of the "outputs requirements". The report was adopted by LCC for use with Network Rail, Transport for the North etc. on March 16, 2016. North Yorkshire County Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority have done likewise. The ODG group decided that an "Economic and Social Study" was required to support the "outputs requirements".


Jan 6 2015 - A key meeting at Herriots.
This meeting was instigated by the Department for Transport and co-chaired by SELRAP. It brought together Lancashire and North Yorkshire county councils, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Transport for Greater Manchester, Network Rail, Northern Rail, and Rail North. As a result, the "Outputs Definition Group" [ODG] was set up with representatives from all the above [including SELRAP], with the task of reporting the "outputs" that should be requested from Network Rail. The deadline set was early 2016.