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Connecting communities across the north.

next Open Meeting

11th September 2017 Crown Hotel Colne. We look forward to seeing as many members as possible!!


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] then click again on the July 14 article or picture to get the full details.


From 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.


From 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 from Andrew Stephenson [Pendle] Hansard: March 30 2017

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".

Answer from Paul Maynard MP [Blackpool N and Cleveleys] Under-secretary DfT

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.


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.