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Rail Link Restoration Bid Successful

Feb 24, 2021 | Community Announcements, News

On 25 November 2020, a bid for an Economic Impact Study submitted by the Cotswold Line Promotion Group and three other local Rail User Groups* to the Department of Transport’sRestoring Your Railway’ program was successful.

The bid was supported by 11 M.P’s including Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, with Nigel Huddleston MP as the lead, and has the endorsement of a further 18 organisations which include Gloucestershire County Council and Cotswold District Council, together with Stratford on Avon, and Wychavon District Councils

The ’Restoring your Railway’ Program
This helps fund transport and economic studies and the successful bid will now help determine a business case for the restoration of the rail link between Stratford-Long Marston-Honeybourne which, if viable, would enable rail connectivity with Oxford and Worcester – see map and potential services below.

The Department for Transport will fund 75% of costs up to £50,000 for successful study and business case proposals. A further £18,000 has been pledged by local authorities and the rail user groups.

Any eventual restoration of the railway would provide a sustainable alternative to the car. Freight trains would not be involved neither would reinstatement of the railway result in loss of the Greenway, as a single-track railway can co-exist alongside other green and sustainable transport modes.

Consequently, we would like to invite Chipping Campden Town Council to confirm its support for the proposed study that could ultimately lead to the restoration of the railway line. We are happy to answer any questions.

For many residents of the town, Honeybourne or Moreton in Marsh is your local station and Stratford is a natural shopping, visitor, and facilities centre. The Town Council will be aware that the Glos CC, Local Transport Plan 4, 2020, identifies Moreton as connectivity Interchange Cyber Hub to secure modal change to relieve A429 traffic.

Yours faithfully
John Morgan –
Stratford Rail Promotion Group (on behalf of the 4 rail groups).
*Cotswold Line Promotion Group; Shakespeare Line Promotion Group; Stratford Rail Transport Group; Solihull & Leamington Rail Users Association.

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