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From The Chair

As reported, previously, over the past few years, the expansion of the passenger service north of Clitheroe, (an “AIM” of the RVR Constitution) has been investigated and proposals submitted. The “Restore Your Railway” Government initiative, with a bid submitted by Ribble Valley Borough Council and sponsored by Nigel Evans MP, successfully progressed through the necessary stages. The final stage of Department for Transport approval was achieved, but central funding was not available, the alternative of more local funding being suggested.

In the last edition of RVRNews I reported that funds released from the cancellation of HS2 beyond Birmingham were, according to the PM, to be redirected to improving rail services in the North. I also reported a further meeting of RVBC, Nigel Evans, the DfT, and other Lancashire Local Authorities to put forward the case for the improvements in social, economic, and transport which would which would result from extending the Ribble Valley rail service into Yorkshire.

More (on a service improvement report from Northern Trains, Dalesrail progress - which has moved on since the Newsletter was printed, see https://www.ribblevalleyrail.co.uk/ydales-exp-2024 , and our 2024 AGM) in Newsletter 138

Peter Eastham

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