Passenger potential: the disused platforms at Bedlington, on the Ashington – Blyth – Tyne line in Northumberland. This freight-only route has received a further funding boost for the plan to reintroduce passenger services.

Beeching reversal fund launched

The Government has launched a £500 million fund which it says is ‘aimed at kickstarting reversal of the Beeching cuts’.

The policy had been announced in November, prior to the General Election. As part of the launch of the reversal scheme, £1.5 million has been allocated to development of reopening of the Ashington – Blyth – Tyne line in Northumberland, and £100,000 towards a feasibility study for reinstating the Fleetwood to Poulton-le-Fylde line in Lancashire. A £300,000 ‘Ideas Fund’ will kickstart the process of reinstating axed local services, with ideas to be considered for further funding in future.

The Government has also announced a fresh round of the New Stations Fund, with £20 million allocated. Two previous rounds have already helped develop 10 new stations across England and Wales.

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