Skipton and East Lancs Rail Action Partnership

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Connecting communities across the north.

Open Meeting

12th November 2018 at 7pm, Herriots Skipton.
We look forward to seeing as many members as possible! Members of the public welcome!!


Andrew Stephenson MP and John Grogan MP host an important meeting at Westminster - Sep 11 2018.
click HERE for summary report
click HERE for Craven Herald coverage.


A new business prospectus for SELRAP has been produced with major help from Skipton Bulding Society - Sep 15 2018.
click HERE for the prospectus.


BBC Look North(Yorkshire) from July 23 2018.
click HERE for the item.


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


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 House - 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.

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: Britain's largest electricity generator, and Peel Ports: owners of Liverpool's new Deepwater Port. For project details click here