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Against the odds, the UK’s network of disused railway lines continues to make the news as the 21st Century throws up a host of transport, environmental and health challenges.This news page will provide links to relevant stories.

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December 2021

Norfolk bridges' infill threat30/12/21Norfolk Live
Campaigners have warned about the fate of several disused railway bridges in Norfolk which could fall victim to National Highways' controversial infilling project.
Reopening under investigation23/12/21BBC News
The Stoke-Leek railway, which closed more than 50 years ago, could be reopened under plans being investigated by local councils.
Apparent reprieve for Barcombe bridge22/12/21BBC News
Proposals to infill a historic railway bridge with aggregate and concrete have been halted following a community campaign.
Urgent works needed to historic bridge22/12/21Gloucestershire Live
A cross border rescue is underway to save the Grade II-listed Tintern Wireworks bridge which carried a branch line across the River Wye.
Leaders could 'take over' reopening21/12/21Chronicle Live
North East transport chiefs are drawing up their latest plans for the reopening of the Leamside Line after disappointing news from Government on the long-awaited project.
Cycle plan for Hull & Barnsley21/12/21Yorkshire Post
Ambitious plans to open a heritage railway on part of the former Hull to Barnsley line in Wakefield have been changed due to concerns over coal availability.
Consett-Newcastle rail plan submitted17/12/21BBC News
Durham County Council has written a business case calling for the reinstatement of passenger services between Consett and Newcastle, 66 years after they were axed.
Fears of more 'cultural vandalism'13/12/21The Guardian
Campaigners say National Highways is preparing sites for infilling or demolition despite ministers ordering a pause to the programme.
Two cycle schemes proposed for Wales09/12/
Secretary of State for Wales has viewed sites in north east Wales which are receiving more than £13m in UK Government funding to boost tourism and improve facilities for visitors, including two cycle routes along disused railways.
Bus expressway extension opens05/12/21BBC News
A new extension to a bus expressway in Hampshire - avoiding a busy dual carriageway - has opened to passengers along a disused railway.

November 2021

Railway park to create river link29/11/21Liverpool Business News
The 1840s freight line to Birkenhead's docklands is to be transformed into a mile-long 'linear park' and could create space for 1,000 new homes.
National Trust to create 'park in the sky'24/11/21BBC News
The National Trust's plans to turn Manchester's disused Castlefield Viaduct into a 'park in the sky' have been approved by the city's council.
Government rejects Leamside reopening22/11/21Northern Echo
Communities in the north-east have been "sold down the river by the government" according to a prominent Northern Powerhouse representative after plans to resurrect the Leamside line were scrapped.
Infill contract award condemned17/11/21Construction Index
Campaigners challenging National Highways' bridge infilling programme have blown the whistle on the organisation continuing to award contracts for infilling works after Government put them all on hold.
Tunnel study commissioned17/11/21News Letter
The possibility of reopening disused railway tunnels under Dungannon for any potential restoration of the railway line, off-road cycling or walking routes is to be investigated.
Wider impacts for Tavistock reopening17/11/21DevonLive
Reinstating the rail link between Bere Alston and Tavistock would be a good indicator that connecting the rest of the former Dartmoor route is on the cards, councillors have been told.
£100K needed for viaduct repairs09/11/21News & Star
A group is trying to raise enough money to keep Smardale Gill Viaduct - which stands in the Westmorland Dales near Kirkby Stephen, its 14 arches soaring majestically 90 feet above Scandal Beck - open to the public.
Campaigners rally behind Wharfedale path08/11/21Ilkley Gazette
Plans to create a new traffic-free walking and cycling route along a disused railway that could eventually stretch from Pool-in-Wharfedale to Bolton Abbey are being backed by a recently-formed supporters' group.
Campaigners call for rail investment07/11/21Kent Online
The Campaign for Better Transport has identified a number of railway lines in Kent they believe should be reconnected to main line passenger services, with more nationwide.
MPs team up for Leamside push07/11/21Chronicle Live
Fresh cross-party attempts are being made to lobby the Government on the reopening of the Leamside line, which runs from Gateshead to Ferryhill in County Durham.
New hope for Tavistock reopening02/11/21DevonLive
Plans to reopen the railway line between Tavistock and Bere Alston are a step closer to fruition, with cash given in the Budget to develop business case.
Delay for viaduct's reopening02/11/21Eastw'd & Kimberley Advertiser
The eagerly-anticipated repurposing of the iconic Bennerley Viaduct as a cross-valley walking route has been delayed until next year.
Ribbon cut on navvies' memorial01/11/21Halifax Courier
A memorial to the ten men who lost their lives constructing Queensbury tunnel has been formally opened.

October 2021

Rail building makes way for store28/10/21BBC News
A food store is taking shape at a site in Derby where a historic railway building previously stood, despite opposition from heritage campaigners.
Bridge receives belated repairs27/10/21BBC News
An old railway bridge near Oxford is being refurbished just months after National Highways' contractors partly demolished the structure amidst a community protest.
Footpath plan for Yorkshire line26/10/21West Leeds Dispatch
Campaigners fighting to create a greenway linking Pudsey to Tyersal are aiming to make two sections of the disused railway line - which have been used by residents for nearly 50 years - into official Public Rights of Way.
Reopening gains feasibility funds26/10/21North Wales Chronicle
Funding has been secured for a feasibility study looking at options for developing the disused Amlwch to Gaerwen railway.
Tree felling causes local upset25/10/21Construction Index
National Highways' over-enthusiastic preparations to demolish an old railway bridge has left a Dorset country lane flooded and landowners angey.
Path restoration wins award23/10/21News & Star
The firm behind a multi-million-pound restoration of the popular Keswick-Threlkeld railway trail - which was damaged by flooding - has won an award for its work.
Campaigners fight to save Peaks path21/10/21Buxton Advertiser
More than 13,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Monsal Trail to remain a route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders and not be reinstate as a Buxton-Matlock rail link.
Cycle route threatened by bridge block20/10/21Hampshire Chronicle
The proposed infilling of a bridge near Winchester is being contested by the charity developing the Watercress Way along the railway spanned by the structure.
Progress for Levenmouth scheme07/10/21Rail Advent
The Levenmouth rail link project has taken a significant step forward with the removal of the old disused track and redundant infrastructure from the former branch line.
Millions invested in cycle route04/10/21Rugby Observer
A contractor has been appointed to deliver improvements to Route 41 of the National Cycle Network " known as the Lias Line " which runs along a disused railway between Rugby and Leamington.
Infilling threat to Sussex bridge04/10/21Sussex Express
Members of the community in Barcombe are calling plans to infill a historic bridge 'a wrecking-ball act'.
Tunnel works finally end01/10/21BBC News
Work to prevent the disused railway tunnel under Queensbury collapsing has finished at a cost of £7.2m, officials have said.

September 2021

Demolition for buried bridge29/09/21Redditch Standard
Roadworks are being arranged in Alcester to remove the old railway bridge unearthed as part of a housing development.
High-line for the north-west29/09/21BBC News
Plans have been submitted to turn Manchester's Grade II-listed Castlefield Viaduct into a New York-style urban park.
Linear park opens on old viaduct24/09/21Glasgow Live
Scotland's answer to the New York Highline - using a disused railway viaduct - has been unveiled at Bowling Harbour in West Dunbartonshire and is set to transform the lives of those living on the Forth and Clyde canal.
Rail link a 'no brainer'18/09/21BBC News
A study has been commissioned into the viability of reopening the disused rail link between Portadown and Armagh City.
Tunnel facility moves forward18/09/21Autocar
A project to repurpose the Great Central's Catesby Tunnel as an aerodynamic testing facility is moving closer to fruition.
Viaducts linked for cycling18/09/21BBC News
A new long-distance cycling route is being created to connect the UK's only two surviving wrought iron viaducts - Bennerley and Meldon.
Metro plan for disused lines16/09/21Birmingham Live
The West Midlands' regional leaders have agreed a mammoth £1.7 billion bid for transport investment, including extending the Metro system along disused railways.
Improvements for Somerset track10/09/21BBC News
Rugged and unusable sections of a disused railway are being improved so more people can cycle or walk to work or school between Shepton Mallet and Wells.
Progress on Somerset cycle path08/09/21North Somerset Times
Work to construct a part of the Strawberry Line cycle path along a section of disused railway has started after many months of negotiations.
Oxford swing bridge restored07/09/21Oxford Mail
The historic Rewley Road railway swing bridge will turn again after almost £1m was raised by conservationists to bring the structure back to life.
Campaign to reopen historic bridge07/09/21LancsLive
Campaign groups have joined together to show their support for the refurbishment of an old tramway bridge and push for what they believe is right for the city.
Park plan for docks branch06/09/21Liverpool Echo
Dock Branch Park will become a new public space in Birkenhead, built on a disused railway as part of plans to revamp the Wirral town.
Restoration begins for historic station01/09/21Birmingham Live
Work to transform the 183-year-old Grade I listed Curzon Street Station as part of HS2's Birmingham terminus has got underway and will take a year to complete.

August 2021

Remembering the navvies22/08/21BBC News
A memorial to the ten men known to have died during the construction of Queensbury Tunnel has been installed close to its northern entrance.
Step forward for Yorkshire greenway18/08/21The Stray Ferret
Ambitious plans to extend the Nidderdale Greenway along a disused railway are set to make progress with the formation of a steering group to oversee the project.
Highways England hitlist gets longer18/08/21New Civil Engineer
Fifteen previously unthreatened structures have been added to Highways England's controversial works programme to infill or demolish heritage rail assets.
Steel span to replace Victorian arch18/08/21Rugby Advertiser
Councillors have given the go-ahead for a railway bridge to be demolished between Rugby and Leamington Spa, but some say more needs to be done to preserve these impressive structures.
Ambitious plans for cycle path17/08/21Malvern Gazette
The former railway from Worcester to Leominster is the focus of a group called the WBL Greenway which is attempting to resurrect it as a 25-mile walking and cycling route.
Fight on for another embattled bridge10/08/21New Civil Engineer
Engineers, transport planners and the local authority have all hit out at Highways England's proposal to infill a 156-year-old disused rail bridge in the South Downs National Park.
Uncertainty over trackbed future05/08/21Rail Advent
Part of the trackbed of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway could be secured for future railway use, but only if the Department for Transport gives its approval.
New role for old line04/08/21Air Quality News
Swansea Council is looking to extend its active travel network by creating a new 1.6km route along a disused railway between Grovesend and Pontarddulais.

July 2021

Bridge infilling works paused29/07/21The Guardian
Victorian railway bridges that were due to be filled in with concrete in an act previously decried as 'cultural vandalism' could be repurposed as part of a scheme to encourage walking and cycling, the Transport Secretary has announced.
Tourism role for Lakes station27/07/21Evening Standard
The former railway station at Bassenthwaite Lake near Keswick has been transformed into a cafe with a replica steam train outside.
Reprieve for Scottish bridge25/07/21New Civil Engineer
Highways England has reversed its decision to infill an historic bridge in south-west Scotland following pressure from local residents, councillors and members of a railway campaign group.
Track laying progress22/07/21Swindon Advertiser
The Swindown and Cricklade Railway's big restoration project continues as work begins on laying the track that will eventually reconnect the two towns.
Planning uncertainty over bridge infilling20/07/21The Guardian
The government's roads agency could be forced to remove hundreds of tonnes of concrete it used to fill in a Victorian railway bridge in a project that was condemned as the first act of 'cultural vandalism' in a nationwide plan.
Recycling for Portishead track19/07/21Bristol Live
Sections of the disused track on the Portishead railway, some of which date back to the 1920s, are to be recycled as part of a project with the Avon Valley Railway.
Council under pressure over infilling18/07/21Daily Record
Campaigners fighting to protect historic railway bridges in Dumfries and Galloway claim planned infilling works require planning permission, but the Council disagrees.
Tunnel division!16/07/21Daily Mail
Row as 143-year-old Queensbury Tunnel is threatened by Highways England 'cultural vandals' who want to block the historic structure which is earmarked for reuse as part of a greenway between Bradford and Halifax.
Viaduct plans garner support12/07/21Leeds Live
Plans to transform the disused but iconic Holbeck Viaduct into a picturesque public walkway have gathered pace, with overwhelming support from various groups.
The Welsh connection11/07/21ITV News
Campaigners are hoping to connect communities in the Rhondda and Afan valleys by reopening a 3,443-yard long tunnel for walkers and cyclists.
'Planning blunder' threatens bridges' future08/07/21New Civil Engineer
Campaigners have called on Dumfries & Galloway Council to take urgent action after a 'perverse decision' by planners has threatened to make the proposed reopening of a Scottish railway more difficult and costly.
Bridge faces uncertain future07/07/21Rutland & Stamford Mercury
A Victorian railway bridge near Peterborough could face demolition if a community group cannot persuade their council to take on its ownership.
Funding news expected soon07/07/21In Your Area
Anglesey MP Virginia Crosbie is hoping to hear news about her £50,000 bid for a study on reopening the disused Amlwch-Gaerwen railway.
Newport extension proposed05/07/21Island Echo
The Island Line could be extended from Sandown to Newport at an initial cost of £67M under plans submitted to the Department for Transport by the Isle of Wight Council.
Infilling by the back door05/07/21The Railway Hub
Attempts are being made to fill in or demolish disused railway bridges using fast-track planning powers to avoid objections, Parliament has been told.
Rail corridor secured?05/07/21In Your Area
Approval has been given for discussions to start to bring a former Staffordshire Moorlands railway into council ownership.
Highways threat to heritage rail structures03/07/21Daily Mail
Dozens of picturesque railway bridges are at risk of being filled in with unsightly concrete or demolished amid health and safety concerns from road bosses.
Reprieve for rail bridges02/07/21The Times
Forty-six disused railway bridges under threat of being filled in have been given a reprieve amid mounting anger over 'vandalism' caused by the policy.

June 2021

Act of 'vandalism' blocks Cumbrian bridge27/06/21Daily Mail
Highways England has been accused of vandalism after pouring hundreds of tonnes of aggregate and concrete beneath a 159-year-old Victorian railway bridge to 'stop it collapsing' rather than repairing it.
New role for old station25/06/21The Scotsman
A 173-year-old station building originally earmarked for demolition during reconstruction of the Borders Railway is being restored as a bar/kitchen in a village that has no pub.
Hope for station revival?25/06/21Eastern Daily Press
The possibility of reopening a disused railway station on the edge of Norwich is being considered as part of proposals for up to 4.000 new homes.
'Urban oasis' plan for grand viaduct21/06/21Secret Manchester
The National Trust has officially unveiled plans to transform Manchester's disused Castlefield Viaduct into a stunning new green space for city dwellers to take advantage of.
Confusing claims over bridge future20/06/21New Civil Engineer
Highways England claims it has 'no plans' to infill a Cornish bridge built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel despite telling the local council that the work was going ahead under Permitted Development powers 'to prevent an emergency arising'.
Wharfedale Greenway makes progress17/06/21Ilkley Gazette
At their first general meeting, the Friends of Wharfedale Greenway have welcomed progress made in planning the new foot and cycle route which will run along a disused railway.
Plans for Levenmouth link revealed16/06/21The Courier
Plans have been unveiled for the reopening of the Levenmouth rail link, with two stations, double track and electrification.
Tavistock reopening makes progress15/06/21Radio Exe
A funding bid to develop a business case for reopening the railway between Tavistock and Plymouth has been submitted by Devon County Council.
Line transformed for active travel14/06/21Wales 24/7
Swansea Council is looking to extend its walking and cycling network by creating a new 1.6km route following the old railway between Grovesend and Pontarddulais.
Council inaction affects bridge protection09/06/21Gloucestershire Live
The Gloucestershire half of a disused railway bridge is still without public rights of way protection three years after a bureaucratic blunder was discovered.
Conflict over bridge infilling08/06/21Highways
A council has thrown doubt over Highways England's controversial work to infill a bridge over the former Eden Valley Railway at Great Musgrave without planning permission.
Heritage lines unite against Highways England04/06/21Cmbrlnd & Wstmrlnd Herald
Supporters of two heritage railways are among those who have criticised Highways England over the infilling of a bridge vital for a connection between their two lines.
Campaigners disappointed by slow support03/06/21Leicestershire Live
Proposals to restore the Leicester-Rugby line for passenger services have been jeopardised by delays in the response of Leicestershire councils.

May 2021

Cutting infill under review26/05/21Hull Live
A councillor is set to oppose an application to continue filling a disused cutting on the former Hull & Barnsley Railway, claiming it threatens nearby residents' privacy and the environment.
New cycling role for tramway?25/05/21Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
Reopening an old tramway between Stratford and Shipston as a cycle route is feasible according to a study conducted by a new community interest company which is determined to turn the project into reality.
Firm sought for Portishead reopening13/05/21Construction Enquirer
Network Rail has started the tender race for a contractor to reopen passenger services between a new station at Portishead and Bristol Temple Meads.
Study considers path possibility13/05/21Lichfield Live
A study has begun that could see a new route being opened up for walkers and cyclists on the disused railway connecting Brownhills and Lichfield.
Devon railway closer to reopening13/05/21DevonLive
The restoration of passenger services on the 14-mile Okehampton line - which has not seen regular trains for around 50 years - is now one step closer after track and sleeper relaying was completed.
Horspath bridge saved after protest10/05/21Oxford Mail
A historic Victorian railway bridge in Oxfordshire will be restored thanks to protestors who campaigned to save it from demolition.
Spotlight on structures under threat09/05/21New Civil Engineer
The HRE Group has produced a report highlighting the 24 most noteworthy railway structures that face demolition or infilling under Highways England's controversial plan.

April 2021

Defect prompts tunnel closure30/04/21Free Press
A disused railway tunnel in Usk has been closed to the public after bricks fell from the arch.
Installation signals heritage trail progress28/04/21In Your Area
A fixed distant signal has been installed on the former line between Ilfracombe and Willingcott - which now forms National Cycle Route 27 - as part of a railway heritage trail being developed along the route.
Planners scupper infilling schemes27/04/21New Civil Engineer
Herefordshire Council has rejected Highways England's planning applications to infill two disused railway bridges spanning the route of a proposed greenway.
Tunnel restored for main line services25/04/21Northern Echo
After 40 years of redundancy, Gasworks East Tunnel at King's Cross has been reopened as part of the East Coast main line upgrade.
Tunnel rooms now available24/04/21Yorkshire Live
A stunning studio apartment built into the entrance of a disused railway tunnel has been made available to book on Airbnb.
Clamour for Fraserburgh reinstatement21/04/21Fraserburgh Herald
The Campaign for North East Rail is calling for train services to be reinstated to Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Banchory, and more than 1,000 people have signed the campaign's petition.
Flood risk fears overcome20/04/21New Civil Engineer
Construction and flood risk concerns have been alleviated as part of plans to reopen the disused Portishead rail line.
Tunnel to reopen as Covid restrictions ease18/04/21Northern Echo
The Victoria tramway tunnel that runs for 2.25 miles under Newcastle - once used for transporting coal and as a wartime air-raid shelter - is set to reopen in May.
MPs intervene in bridge debate14/04/21Construction Index
Railway heritage campaigners have secured support from the House of Commons Transport Committee in their campaign to protect disused structures from Highways England's wrecking ball.
Save our Derwent Walk13/04/21Chronicle Live
Thousands of residents are outraged at plans to reopen the railway between Consett and Gateshead - a corridor rich in wildlife and used by many for walking and cycling.
Viaduct reopening getting closer03/04/21Nottinghamshire Live
Community campaigners are optimistic the world-renowned Bennerley Viaduct will reopen later this year after extensive refurbishment.

March 2021

New path brings tunnel rebirth30/03/21South Wales Argus
A long-running project to build a greenway along part of the disused Wye Valley Railway has culminated in the reopening of Tidenham Tunnel.
Peer wades in on tunnel wrangle28/03/21Telegraph & Argus
Queensbury Tunnel campaigners who want to see the historic structure safeguarded for future generations have hit out after a Minister blamed a landowner for current difficulties.
Warning to Fife walkers24/03/21Fife Today
Network Rail is advising people who use the disused Leven railway corridor to 'be aware' as activity increases ahead of work to reinstate the line.
Tunnel abandonment cost exceeds repair bill17/03/21BBC News
Campaigners who want Queensbury Tunnel to be used for cyclists and walkers say more money has been committed to abandoning the Victorian structure than it would cost to repair.
Funding sought for Anglesey scheme17/03/21North Wales Chronicle
A £50,000 bid has been submitted to fund a feasibility study into reopening the disused Amlwch-Gaerwen railway.
Shropshire reopening investigated17/03/21Shropshire Star
A rail group is bidding for government funding to investigate reopening a disused railway from Ironbridge to Bridgnorth.
'Sky garden' planned for Leamington15/03/21Leamington Courier
Plans to create an urban garden on the disused railway viaducts in the Old Town area of Leamington are being discussed.
Great Central link proposed13/03/21Leicestershire Live
Sustainable Transport Northamptonshire is seeking to reinstate the old Rugby-Leicester railway, together with two passenger stations, on the former Great Central route.
Councillors press for cycle path funding13/03/21South Wales Guardian
Welsh Ministers have been urged to put their hands in their pockets for a cycle path between Carmarthen and Llandeilo, much of which follows the route of a disused railway.
Silloth branch reopening proposed12/03/21News & Star
An MP has submitted a bid to the Restoring Your Railways Fund for a feasibility study into the potential for reinstating the old railway connecting Silloth and Carlisle.
Cycling proposal for old railway11/03/21Somerset Live
Part of a former Somerset railway could be brought back into use to provide a vital pedestrian and cycling link into Shepton Mallet town centre.
Second bid for reopening funds10/03/21Stoke-on-Trent Live
MPs and local councils are hoping it will be second time lucky as they look to secure government funding for a plan to restore the Stoke-to-Leek railway which has been closed since 1988.
Railway amongst water park cycle routes09/03/21Wilts & Gloucs Standard
Plans to create six new circular cycle routes through the Cotswold Water Park have stepped up a gear, including one along a disused railway.
New life for Yorkshire's coastal tunnels?08/03/21Yorkshire Post
Sustrans and the North York Moors National Park Authority are looking into the possibility of reopening Sandsend and Kettleness tunnels for cyclists using the Cleveland Way.
Calls to reopen mothballed Leamside Line06/03/21Northern Echo
Reinstating a disused railway line in the north-east would provide major economic, environmental and social benefits to the region, council leaders claim.
Fresh hope for viaduct reopening05/03/21News & Star
The leader of Carlisle City Council has indicated that significant progress could be imminent on efforts to reopen Waverley Viaduct across the River Lune, a long hoped-for project in the city.
Ambitious plan for Weardale Railway05/03/21Northern Echo
An ambitious plan to extend a railway link in County Durham now has the backing of four local MPs, but some local councillors are not convinced.

February 2021

Bid for Shropshire line reopening funds26/02/21Shropshire Star
The Cambrian Heritage Railways organisation is bidding for Government funding to reopen the first section of the old Oswestry-Gobowen railway that was closed in the 1960s.
'Green corridor' plan for Scottish line26/02/21Edinburgh Reporter
An MSP has called for the former Powderhall railway to be transformed into a green corridor, linking up with walking and cycle paths in north Edinburgh.
Oxfordshire rail link proposed24/02/21Oxford Mail
Hopes of reinstating the railway between Witney and Oxford are back on track, with a proposal set to be submitted to Government.
Direct action against demolition work24/02/21Oxford Mail
Residents in Horspath are protesting to stop a historic Victorian railway bridge from being removed against the community's wishes.
Active travel role for viaduct?23/02/21Northern Echo
A campaign to reopen Durham's historic Belmont Viaduct as a bridleway and cycle route is gathering pace.
Campaigners rally to save railway heritage23/02/21Construction Index
More than 10,000 people have signed a petition objecting to Highways England's plans to infill or demolish more than 100 disused railway bridges.
Police break up tunnel gathering22/02/21Daily Record
Police have been forced to break up a large party - which was in breach of coronavirus restrictions - in a disused railway tunnel in west Glasgow.
Art to go on line21/02/21Coventry Live
Rotarians have unveiled plans for a Railway Art Heritage Trail in a bid to upgrade a section of disused railway used as part of the Great Central Way.
Contractor sought for reopening19/02/21New Civil Engineer
Network Rail has launched a search for contractors to reopen the Portishead to Pill line.
Doubts over Fife reopening15/02/21Alloa Advertiser
Calls to reopen the Alloa-Dunfermline railway are continuing despite the route being left out of a recent Scottish government transport plan.
Refurbishment for Wye bridge15/02/21Gloucestershire Live
The Tintern Wireworks Bridge, which carried a goods branch across the border between Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire, is to undergo repairs.
Call for Leamside reopening10/02/21BBC News
A petition has been launched calling for the 21-mile Leamside railway in the north-east to be reopened, a move which the local MP claims "would bring massive benefits".
Tunnel testing facility on track10/02/21Automotive Testing
The Catesby Tunnel testing facility in Northamptonshire is set to provide a state-of-the-art facility for aerodynamic testing and vehicle development when it opens later this year.
Bidding big for old box06/02/21DevonLive
A disused Victorian signal box at Devon's Torre Station has been sold at auction for £65,750 - well over the guide price - and could now be converted into a holiday home.
Goods shed restoration underway05/02/21Wales Online
After ten years of planning, fundraising and feasibility work, a heritage trust is finally starting to restore a vast railway goods shed in Llanelli.
Bridge infilling controversy deepens01/02/
Highways England has been accused of using emergency powers to demolish or infill disused railway bridges that campaigners say could be given a new lease of life as part of cycle routes.
Anger over bridge's fate01/02/21Chronicle Live
A historic rail bridge at the bottom of Northumberland garden faces infill as part of a wider move by Highways England to infill or bulldoze hundreds of similar structures.

January 2021

Historic track below street rails29/01/21BBC News
Contractors taking up rails from a street in Weymouth have discovered another track below it that is thought to be part of a branch line from the 1930s.
Fight against tunnel fencing28/01/21County Gazette
A group campaigning to develop a network of paths along disused railway lines in Somerset are submitting a public right of way claim after Highways England fenced off a tunnel used for decades by local walkers.
Mass transit plan may reuse disused lines27/01/21Yorkshire Live
Ambitious plans for a mass transit system in West Yorkshire " including possible tramways on disused railways " is dependent on accessing billions in government cash.
Backing for Leamside restoration24/01/21Chronicle Live
MP Bridget Phillipson has said that reopening the disused Leamside Line in County Durham would boost local jobs and improve transport access to the area.
Progress for Oxford-Cambridge link23/01/21Oxford Mail
A £760 million fund will be spent on reinstating the old line between Bicester and Bletchley as part of the East-West Rail project, with services due to start in 2025.
Infill threat to West Berkshire bridge17/01/21Newbury Today
Heritage enthusiasts have discovered that a disused railway bridge outside Hampstead Norreys is one of hundreds across the country at risk of demolition or infill by government agency Highways England.
Rave planned for disused tunnel15/01/21South London Press
Police have seized equipment that could have been used for an illegal rave in a disused South London railway tunnel, breaching Covid-19 restrictions.
Historic bridges being infilled08/01/21The Scotsman
The potential conversion of old railway lines into cycle and walking routes is being blocked by plans to infill more than 100 bridges, including more than 20 in Scotland, campaigners have claimed.
Railway heritage under threat05/01/21Forbes
Hundreds of potentially useful disused railway structures are threatened with destruction by government agency Highways England, argues an alliance of engineers, active travel campaigners and greenway developers.