Rail campaigners to take protest to East Riding Council

George McManus
George McManus

Rail campaigners are planning to protest at County Hall Beverley at 1pm on Wednesday 8 January in opposition to East Riding Council plans which, they claim, will prevent the Hull to York railway via Beverley from ever re-opening.

Councillors will receive a report in which officers have recommended the removal of route protection for the railway which was closed under the Beeching Axe in 1965.

The route has been protected since 2005 when the council’s own report found that re-opening was feasible.

However, removing the route’s protected status will open the proposed route to planning applications which the campaigners say would mean the line could never re-open.

Chairman of the Minsters’ Rail Campaign George McManus, said: “All we are asking for is the status quo and to keep the door open, not slam it shut.

“The council identified the route on its earlier plans following the study they themselves commissioned in 2005.

“Removing the route from the proposals and opening it up to development gives the clear message that the council doesn’t think it will ever re-open. Future generations will pay the price.”

He went on, “The East Riding population is growing. 24000 new homes will be built.

“The infrastructure must be in place if we are to accommodate this expansion.

“We believe the project is deliverable. Similar projects are going ahead in other parts of the country.

“Councillors must realise the cataclysmic consequences of this short sighted proposal. I have written to them all and hope they will heed our plea.”