Plans for a railway tourist attraction

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A NEW tourist attraction could be heading to the Wolds under plans submitted by a railway heritage group.

The Yorkshire Wolds Railway group has formally submitted a planning application to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for a visitor centre and just under a mile of track to be built on the former Malton to Driffield railway.

The proposed visitor centre would be located on the B1248 road near Wetwang, close to the site of the old Sledmere and Fimber station

The plans are open for consultation until 16 March, and members of the project are urging local businesses and Wolds residents to write to the council in support of the plans.

Peter Dymock, chair of The Yorkshire Wolds Railway, said: “This is an exciting step forward in our plans to reinstate part of the former Malton to Driffield line.

“Heritage railways are popular tourist attractions around the country, making a significant contribution to their local economies, and we hope that our project will play a similar role for East Yorkshire. “

If planning permission is granted, a car park and wooden railway platform will be built, enabling visitors to access carriages and vans sited on a short length of track.

These will contain exhibitions about the history of the line and the plans for the future.

The Railway has already secured funding from the European Union LEADER fund.

The visitor centre and static display will be the first phase, to be completed by the end of March 2013.

The operational track, heading towards Wetwang for just under a mile, will be the second phase and will be built once further funding is secured.