Railway campaigners welcome report

Campaigner George McManus.
Campaigner George McManus.

Campaigners seeking to re-open the Hull to York railway via Beverley have welcomed a report from the House of Commons Select Committee.

The report says links to ports need to be improved.

Speaking today, the Minsters’ Rail Campaign chairman, George McManus, said: “We’ve been saying this for years.

“We particularly welcome the finding that government should challenge Local Authorities who block improvements.

“East Riding Council refuses to consider our proposals which could greatly enhance access to the Hull port whilst benefiting the population of the East Riding.

“We have recently placed innovative and deliverable ideas to the council, which have been rebuffed. We will all suffer if we don’t do something now.”

Proposals by the Minsters’ Rail Campaign are for a 34-mile rail line between York and Beverley, with stops at Market Weighton, Pocklington and Stamford Bridge.

The estimated cost would be more than £200m.

The region has been without a rail link since the 1960s, when it was closed due to costcutting.