Video: Campaigners with burning ambition for rail link

Campaigners working for the re-instatement of the Hull to York via Beverley railway burned a 10,000 signature petition when the East Riding Council met at county hall in Beverley today, Wednesday 8 January.

They said the action was designed to illustrate what they believed was the contempt in which the public were held by the leaders of the council.

Minsters Rail Campaigners

Minsters Rail Campaigners

In 2005, campaigners spoke to 10,000 members of the public who signed a petition supporting the idea that the line, closed by Beeching, should be re-opened.

A subsequent feasibility study, commissioned by the East Riding Council, concluded that re-opening was feasible and the Council agreed to protect the identified route from development.

The Council now intends to remove the route’s protected status, a move which campaigners believe, will end all hopes of the line ever being re-opened.

* Full story in this week’s Beverley Guardian