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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 2023

Yorkshire curve up for grabs30/12/23Yorkshire Post
Land occupied by the disused Wortley Curve in Leeds, which has been touted as a way of improving local rail services, will go to auction in the New Year.
Conflict over North Wales line29/12/23North Wales Live
A disused railway across Anglesey has become a battleground between rival groups, hoping to restore the corridor either as a railway or an active travel route
New role for Somerset station26/12/23BBC News
A men's group that helps promote good mental health has taken over Axbridge's former railway station as its new headquarters.
Engagement over railway's future23/12/23Tenby Observer
Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire county councils have organised an engagement event about transforming the disused Cardi Bach railway into a new walking and cycling route.
Plans revealed for station works21/12/23Northumberland Gazette
Northumberland Estates has submitted a planning application to undertake repairs to roof coverings, windows and glass windscreens on the south elevation of Alnwick's former railway station to make the building structurally sound and watertight.
Greenway plans submitted21/12/23Derbyshire Live
Plans have been submitted to convert a 3.5-mile stretch of a former Derbyshire railway into an off-road green commuter route for walkers and cyclists.
Milestone in railway path project20/12/23Lichfield District Council
A major milestone has been passed in Lichfield District Council’s project to establish a dedicated route for walkers and cyclists along a section of disused railway between Lichfield and Chasewater.
Progress with railway path19/12/23Aberdare Online
Work has begun on the second phase of work to establish the Rhondda Fach Active Travel Route along a disused railway, with phase one - a new shared path between the old colliery site and the gateway memorial in Maerdy - due for completion before Christmas.
Tough battle over infilled bridge17/12/23Eastern Daily Press
Hopes for the restoration of the historic infilled bridge at Congham could be derailed after National Highways vowed to fight against the enforcement action.
Repairs to South London bridge15/12/23South London Press
A recent incident that saw pieces of wood fall from a disused railway bridge in Croydon has raised safety fears amongst some residents.
Deadline set for infill removal12/12/23EDP24
An enforcement notice has been issued requiring National Highways to remove the infill from Congham bridge near King's Lynn by 10 April 2024, subject to any appeal.
Permission denied for Lancashire viaduct works11/12/23LancsLive
A Lancashire caravan park, which carried out groundworks close to the Grade II-listed Martholme Viaduct without authority, has been refused retrospective planning permission.
Criticism for tunnel-blocking extension02/12/23Daily Mail
A new-build homeowner has been criticised for their 'outrageous' extension that blocks the entrance to a disused railway tunnel in Heckmondwike.

November 2023

Reopening benefits from positive study28/11/23New Civil Engineer
Reinstatement of the disused railway between Portadown and Armagh is “technically deliverable”, with no significant engineering constraints, according to a study conducted by Aecom.
Funding call for Leamside plan26/11/23Newcastle World
The Government must provide £20M to fund early work on reopening the Leamside line if it is serious about backing North East rail, a conference has been told.
Restoration for Lancashire structure26/11/23LancsLive
The historic nine-arched Hareholme Viaduct, which now hosts a much-used cycling and walking route, is benefitting from major repairs after years of deterioration.
Big price tag for Oxfordshire reopening22/11/23BBC News
The cost of reopening the railway connecting Carterton, Witney and Eynsham to Oxford is estimated at £900M, according to a new council study.
Ambitious future for city viaduct15/11/23BBC News
Castlefield Viaduct in Manchester could become a permanent "garden bridge" across the city under new plans.
Purchase signals extension plan10/11/23Rail Advent
The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust has completed its purchase of an important section of trackbed that is vital for its future expansion plans.
Brighter future for historic station09/11/23Derbyshire Times
A major renovation project at Wingfield Station was completed in October, resulting in the building's absence from this year's national register of sites that are threatened by neglect, decay or inappropriate development.
Revamp for Yorkshire viaduct07/11/23BBC News
Wheatley Viaduct in Halifax will see its damaged brickwork repaired and a new waterproofing system installed as part of a £1.2M refurbishment by National Highways.
Artistic transformation for Ayr tunnel02/11/23Daily Record
Renowned artist Chris Rutterford has set his sights on completing a stunning mural in the Alloway railway tunnel by 2025 after being helped by 850 residents.
Plans passed for viaduct project01/11/23Nottinghamshire Live
Plans have been approved for the construction of a visitor centre, car park and an active travel link to the eastern end of the Grade-II* listed Bennerley Viaduct.

October 2023

Hope for reopening bid?27/10/23Yorkshire Post
A bid to rebuild a direct rail link between Beverley and York could benefit from HS2’s northern leg being scrapped, according to a local MP who is backing it.
Cross-party Leamside support26/10/23BBC News
MPs have met Rail Minister Huw Merriman to make their case for restoration of the Leamside line which ran between Gateshead and County Durham prior to its closure in 1964.
Future uncertain for old bridge26/10/23Bridport News
The future of Barrowlands Lane bridge near Toller Porcorum remains in doubt as a result of ongoing concerns about flooding beneath the structure.
Beasts on the line25/10/23Telegraph & Argus
Bradford's former Eccleshill line has been transformed into a dinosaur trail, helping locals to connect with nature between two housing estates.
Conflict over works near viaduct23/10/23LancsLive
Unauthorised groundwork by a caravan park next to the Grade II-listed Martholme Viaduct have raised anger and questions about potential structural damage, rights of way and public safety.
Embankment work permission sought17/10/23Lancashire Telegraph
Management at a caravan park want retrospective planning permission for unauthorised work adjacent to the landmark Martholme Viaduct where campaigners hope to create a new greenway between the Ribble Valley, Hyndburn and Burnley.
Landscape restoration for infilled bridge12/10/23New Civil Engineer
National Highways has completed the removal of infill from beneath Great Musgrave bridge in Cumbria, but no additional strengthening or weight restriction has been implemented despite the roads body's previous claims that the structure was weak.
Catesby - one year on10/10/23Daventry Express
An open day has been held to commemorate one year since the opening of Catesby's disused railway tunnel as a vehicle testing facility.
Views sought over coal drop restoration09/10/23BBC News
Penistone's Victorian railway coal drops, described by developers as "hugely important", could be restored under new plans now out for public consultation.
Hope for Tavistock reopening06/10/23Plymouth Live
Funding from the decision to axe HS2 will be reallocated to ensure the Tavistock to Bere Alston line can reopen, the Government has announced.
Line reopening disappears05/10/23ITV News
The government has u-turned on its pledge to reopen the Leamside line less than 24 hours after it was announced as part of Rishi Sunak's "Network North".
Upgrade for Midlands railway path?05/10/23Birmingham Live
A disused railway which has become a popular walkway between Brownhills and Pelsall could get a much-needed transformation.
Works planned for iconic Peak District viaduct05/10/23Buxton Advertiser
National Highways has submitted plans to the Peak District National Park Authority for listed building consent for maintenance works to Millers Dale North Viaduct.
Campaign against station holiday park03/10/23Kent Online
Residents are continuing to campaign against the proposed redevelopment of the historic Lydd station into a holiday park featuring pitches with mobile homes.
Refusal for Congham bridge infill02/10/23New Civil Engineer
National Highways has been ordered remove the infill from beneath a 100-year-old bridge in Congham after its retroactive planning application was unanimously rejected by the local council.
Lancashire cycle plan progressing01/10/23LancsLive
Plans are progressing to create the Ormskirk to Burscough Linear Park which will see a shared cycle and footpath created along a disused railway between the two towns.

September 2023

Viaduct enjoys new lease of life29/09/23New Civil Engineer
Repointing works have been completed on the Grade II listed Pensford Viaduct in Somerset on behalf of National Highways.
Station reopening hits buffers28/09/23Hereford Times
A plan to reopen the railway station at Pontrilas in Herefordshire has been killed off, with the county council declaring the investment would be “poor value for money”.
Listing for 'first' station28/09/23Northern Echo
Heighington & Aycliffe Railway Station at Newton Aycliffe - dating from the early 19th Century and regarded by some as the "world's first" station - has been given Grade II* listed status.
Refusal recommended for Norfolk bridge infill25/09/23New Civil Engineer
A planning officer has recommended that National Highways' retrospective planning application to retain its infill at a disused railway bridge near King's Lynn should be refused.
Tourism role for old tunnels24/09/23MyLondon
Disused London Underground tunnels are being turned into a unique cultural experience, with 8,000 square metres of passageways to explore.
Infilled bridge to fulfil cycle path role24/09/23Somerset County Gazette
An infilled railway bridge near Shepton Mallet looks set to get a new lease of life as part of an extension to the Strawberry Line active travel route.
Tram bridge progress uncertain24/09/23LancsLive
Campaigners who fought to secure a replacement for Preston's crumbling Old Tram Bridge are calling for a progress report, as the deadline for delivery of the project moves closer.
Attention needed for viaduct21/09/23LancsLive
Repairs are needed to the historic Hareholme Viaduct, which crosses the River Irwell between Rawtenstall and Bacup, and is now used to support a popular cycle route and footpath.
Settlement prompts bridge loss19/09/23Isle of Wight County Press
A historic bridge spanning the Isle of Wight steam railway is to be demolished by the heritage outfit despite years of time and money spent maintaining it.
Drought reveals old viaduct19/09/23Derbyshire Live
The piers of a drowned railway viaduct, used during the construction of two reservoirs in the Peak District, have been captured on video during a recent dry spell.
New route along Somerset railway18/09/23Somerset County Gazette
Travelling across rural Somerset without a car is now a little bit easier after a new section of the Strawberry Line - mostly along the former Cheddar Valley railway - was opened to the public.
Renewed hope for railway path17/09/23Northumberland Gazette
A community group has 'extended the hand of friendship' to Freemen with whom it had been unable to reach agreement over proposals to reuse part of the Alnwick-Cornhill line as a greenway.
Dispute over greenway proposal13/09/23Northumberland Gazette
Alnwick Freemen have hit back at criticism of its role in the proposed creation of a new recreational route along a former trackbed near the town.
Bridge demolition to start12/09/23Rutland & Stamford Mercury
Demolition of Meadow Bridge, a disused Victorian railway bridge in King's Cliffe, is about to get underway after a restoration plan fell through.
Garden role for old viaduct12/09/23Leeds Live
The urban garden on Monk Bridge "a disused railway viaduct" has been completed as part of the Wellington Place development on the western fringe of Leeds city centre
Hope for Dales greenway progress10/09/23Yorkshire Post
A 30-year plan to extend the Nidderdale Greenway along the former railway to Pateley Bridge and Scar House Reservoir could finally be realised.
New role for Somerset viaducts07/09/23Somerset Live
Bath Road and Ham Wood viaducts near Shepton Mallet will be given a new lease of life after plans for an ambitious active travel route were approved by the local council.
New life for old box05/09/23The Argus (Brighton)
Billingshurst Signal Box has reopened to the public after an extensive restoration project by the Amberley Museum.
Study into Scottish reopening03/09/23New Civil Engineer
A campaign to reopen the disused railway between Aberdeen and Buchan has seen a major boost as Aecom and Stantec have been awarded a £250,000 contract to undertake the latest phase of feasibility work.
Viaduct suffers temporary closure01/09/23LancsLive
Helmshore Viaduct is to be closed for two months whilst major work is undertaken to make the path across it better for year-round walking and cycling.

August 2023

Not another infill31/08/23News Anyway
How to manage legacy structures without alienating the rest of the world.
Open doors at Catesby Tunnel23/08/23Northampton Chronicle
Industry professionals are being invited to attend an open day at Catesby Tunnel, formerly part of the Great Central Railway, which has been converted into an aerodynamic testing facility serving the automotive sector.
Road changes coming21/08/23Bristol Live
Major highway changes are being proposed for the Bristol-Bath corridor including the possible construction of a new road along an old railway line.
Progress with new station20/08/23Bristol 24/7
Henbury's railway station, which closed to passengers in 1964, could be reopened as soon as next year as part of a line which could one day take passengers from Bristol to the new arena at Filton.
Cycling plan for disused line19/08/23Express & Star
A former railway in Walsall could become a route for cyclists and walkers if current proposals are passed.
Decision soon on bridge fate17/08/23Lynn News
A decision on whether the historic Congham bridge, which was buried in stone and concrete by National Highways, should be returned to its previous state could be made within weeks.
Re-emergence for infilled bridge13/08/23The Guardian
National Highways has begun undoing what was described as an act of "cultural vandalism" by removing hundreds of tonnes of concrete and stone from Cumbria's Great Musgrave bridge.
Threat to Cheshire alignment11/08/23Warrington Guardian
Part of a railway embankment in Warrington could be removed as part of plans to build new flats.
Renovation for Brunel station11/08/23BBC News
Cotswold District Council has been granted permission to restore a former station building in Cirencester, engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1841.
Call to save ticket office09/08/23Chronicle Live
The Victorian Society has called on Network Rail to reconsider plans to demolish a disused ticket office at Bedlington Station in Northumberland.
Viaduct plans submitted07/08/23Nottinghamshire Live
Plans have been submitted to construct an embankment for a pedestrian and cycling link to the eastern end of the Grade-II* listed Bennerley Viaduct, as well as a visitor centre, car park and other infrastructure.
Warning against reopening06/08/23Ham & High
A campaign to reopen a historic railway line through a nature reserve would be "hugely destructive" and not commercially viable, a conservation group has warned.
New departure for Devon station05/08/23BBC News
A passenger train has departed the heritage railway station at Great Torrington for the first time since November 1982 when regular services were withdrawn.
MP calls for reopening progress04/08/23Shropshire Star
North Shropshire MP Helen Morgan has called for the Government to "get the wheels turning" on restoring the Oswestry to Gobowen railway link.
Attention for legacy structures02/08/23New Civil Engineer
A consortium of contractors responsible for the repair and maintenance of the Historical Railways Estate has risen to the challenge, with 265 works completed over the last financial year.
Museum for Woodhead line01/08/23BBC News
Plans have been submitted for a museum celebrating the former railway line that once linked Manchester and Sheffield via the Woodhead tunnels.

July 2023

Rails back to Keswick?31/07/23New Civil Engineer
Campaigners aiming to reinstate a disused railway through the Lake District National Park are confident momentum is gaining after more than 25 years fighting for their cause.
Upgrade for railway coastal path29/07/23The Press (York)
Details of a £700,000 scheme to upgrade the popular Cinder Track walking and cycling route along the former Scarborough-Whitby railway will be on display at a drop-in event.
Protection for goods shed27/07/23Yorkshire Post
A 19th-century goods shed at Bridlington Station has been given listed status thanks to the efforts of a local business whose staff feared it could be demolished.
Greenway extension funding secured27/07/23Solihull Observer
The Lias Line active travel route, occupying part of the disused railway connecting Rugby and Leamington, is set to be extended by two miles.
Views sought on railway reuse26/07/23Wigan Today
Residents in Wigan are being asked their opinion on bringing more of the area's disused railways back into use as active travel paths.
Restoration for Londonderry-Portadown?24/07/23BBC News
Restoration of the railway line between Londonderry and Portadown is one of the key recommendations made in a new review of the province's network.
Extended time for Sky Park23/07/23Proper Mcr
The sky park at Castlefield Viaduct is to remain open to visitors until autumn 2024 after Manchester City Council granted the National Trust an extension to keep the locally-loved garden.
Path proposal for disused line16/07/23Greenock Telegraph
A pair of local councillors hope they are on the right track by proposing to convert a dismantled railway in Greenock into an active travel route and linear park.
Renewal for viaduct's lime mortar16/07/23BBC News
National Highways contractors are replacing the mortar in Somerset's Pensford Viaduct which is crumbling due to water damage.
Campaigners in the dark over tunnel report13/07/23Telegraph & Argus
Campaigners fighting to safeguard the future of the 1.4-mile long Queensbury Tunnel say they are still waiting to see a feasibility study three years after the government provided funding for it.
Welsh railway to be recycled12/07/23Swansea Bay News
The disused Cardi Bach railway is due to see redevelopment as a cycle and walking route between Whitland and Cardigan, linking settlements in North East Pembrokeshire.
Road battle at Great Musgrave03/07/23Construction Index
After causing outrage by infilling a historic railway bridge in Cumbria two years ago, National Highways has once again inflamed local feelings by closing the bridge for 13 weeks while it reverses the damage.

June 2023

New role for old station?29/06/23Kent Online
The historic railway station at Lydd - which has been left abandoned for decades - could be turned into a holiday park.
Viaduct repairs completed21/06/23Construction Index
A detailed maintenance programme involving over 240 separate repairs has been completed on the six-arch Aurs Burn Viaduct, built in 1901, located in East Renfrewshire.
Future in doubt for abutments21/06/23Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald
Two abutments that used to form part of a railway through Kilwinning have been earmarked for demolition by National Highways as part of its management programme for the Historical Railways Estate.
Station becomes visitors' retreat12/06/23Daily Mail
A couple bought a disused railway station and renovated a coach into a 1960s vintage retreat which train enthusiasts can stay in for £202 a night.
Extension for Strawberry Line12/06/23Somerset County Gazette
Work has begun on a further short stretch of the Strawberry Line active travel route between Wells and Cheddar, which largely occupies a disused railway.
Tunnel sees trains again09/06/23Stoke-on-Trent Live
A train has gone through Birchall Tunnel for the first time in 53 years as the Churnet Valley Railway continues its efforts to bring a rail service back to Leek.
Funds for Dorset railway project08/06/23Daily Echo
The Ringwood Society has successfully secured a grant of £43,880 for a project to restore an area of land formerly part of the town's old railway which closed just under 60 years ago.
Viaduct benefits from attention07/06/23Yorkshire Post
National Highways has completed a collection of minor works to the 21-arch Crigglestone Viaduct, built by the Midland Railway in 1906.
Opening for Wales station05/06/23Free Press
The much-anticipated unveiling of the new railway station in Corwen has taken place after almost £200,000 of levelling-up funding was awarded for works on the project.

May 2023

Bridge back in business30/05/23South Wales Argus
An iconic Monmouthshire footbridge - formerly carrying Tintern's Wireworks branch line - has reopened to the public after nearly a year of extensive repairs.
Funds raised for cycle path24/05/23BBC News
Plans for a cycle route's final section - following a disused railway between Sutton and the Nene Valley Railway's station at Wansford - have been approved after a group fundraised £20,000 over a decade.
Rail or cycle on Anglesey?24/05/23North Wales Live
Two groups have different visions for the former Anglesey Central Railway, but they share the goal that it should be returned to transport use.
Campaigners seek bridge restoration21/05/23Construction Index
National Highways is facing opposition to a retrospective planning application to infill a historic railway bridge in Norfolk, one of four across the country involving breaches of permitted development rights.
Boost for Warwickshire cycle routes21/05/23Rugby Observer
Cycle routes across Warwickshire have been boosted by new government funding, including a section of the Lias Line - occupying the old railway between Leamington and Rugby - which will be extended after it was awarded £2.65million from Active Travel England.
Cycle transformation for Derbyshire line21/05/23BBC News
A section of disused railway is to be converted into a £2.7m route for cyclists, walkers, runners and horse riders, transforming 3.5 miles of trackbed between Little Eaton and Rawson Green.
Bid to protect station's future18/05/23Northern Echo
A bid to buy a historic railway building at Heighington, which hosted one of the world's oldest surviving steam locomotives, has been launched to protect it from future private development.
Offers sought for Northumberland station18/05/23Northumberland Gazette
The former railway station and signal box at Edlingham "beautifully converted to provide guest accommodation" has gone on the market for almost £900K.
Approval for rail connection16/05/23Ian's Visits
A longstanding ambition to connect a heritage railway to the mainline network in the south-east has taken a step forward after permission was granted to rebuild a section of a disused railway.
Bridge subsidence probe15/05/23BBC News
An investigation is underway to discover why a disused railway bridge carrying the Padiham Greenway over the River Calder is failing.
Linear parks progress07/05/23LancsLive
West Lancashire councillors have welcomed the latest work on a number of linear parks, some of which will see disused railways brought back into community use.

April 2023

Remembering Denholme29/04/23Telegraph & Argus
The historic site of a lost railway station near Bradford has been recorded by an information board amongst the new homes that now stand in its place.
Loud call for rail link29/04/23Cambrian News
Thousands of people have signed a petition for a "much-needed" Bangor to Afon Wen railway reinstatement, connecting North Wales to a line through mid-Wales.
Connecting communities26/04/23Glasgow Live
Two parts of Glasgow separated by the River Clyde are set to be linked up as plans to transform a disused railway viaduct progress.
MP supports rail link23/04/23Shropshire Live
Helen Morgan MP has addressed Parliament to urge the Government to back Oswestry's bid to reconnect the town's railway to Gobowen.
Derbyshire reopening under scrutiny10/04/23Buxton Advertiser
A public meeting is to be held into plans to reinstate the Peak and Dales line between Buxton and Ambergate, currently occupied by the Monsal Trail.
Hopes dashed for Wales reopening07/04/23Nation Cymru
Hopes of a reinstated railway directly linking Carmarthen to Aberystwyth are unlikely to reach fruition in the next 30 or 40 years, Ceredigion councillors have been told.
Scottish reopening in focus06/04/23Daily Record
A campaign to reinstate the Dumfries to Stranraer line has been relaunched to mark the 60th anniversary of the Beeching Report which led to its demise.
Delays to Tintern bridge repairs05/04/23Gloucestershire Live
Work on the popular Grade II listed disused railway bridge spanning the River Wye at Tintern was not finished in time for walkers and cyclists to use it over the Easter holidays.
New Cornwall cycle link04/04/23BBC News
A new section of the Saints Trail has opened via a disused railway, connecting Perranporth with Cocks Village and on to Goonhavern.
Study into Borders extension04/04/23News & Star
The Government has allocated £10 million for a feasibility study into extending the Borders Railways into Cumbria, finishing at Carlisle.
Support for station reopening03/04/23BBC News
North Shropshire MP Helen Morgan has written to rail minister Huw Merriman about the campaign to reopen Baschurch station, which shut in the 1960s.

March 2023

Station acquired by Devon railway27/03/23DevonLive
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway has bought the Old Station House Inn restaurant, pub and adjoining house at Blackmoor Gate as part of plans for a future extension.
Borderline group seeks funds22/03/23Northumberland Gazette
A £428,000 funding bid has been submitted to bring a section of the former Cornhill branch near Alnwick back into use as a public greenway.
Line set for cycling return19/03/23Express & Star
Plans to transform the disused Lichfield-Brownhills railway into a greenway for cyclists and walkers are moving forward.
Politics blocking Leamside progress17/03/23Chronicle Live
A North East MP and Government minister says he is "really interested" in plans to reopen the Leamside Line in the north-east but will not commit to funding it yet.
Discussions over reopening13/03/23BBC News
Dialogue has begun between campaigners and politicians around the possible reopening of the railway between Market Harborough and Northampton.
Greenway engagement needed07/03/23Northumberland Gazette
The recently-formed Borderline Greenway group in Alnwick hope to bring local Freemen on board with plans to revamp the erstwhile Cornhill branch.
Fresh doubt over reopening06/03/23Cambridgeshire Live
The new East West Rail line will only go ahead if it "fully stacks up" and is in the "national interest", Transport Secretary Mark Harper has said.
Cutting homes deadline extended06/03/23Bolton News
Opponents of a controversial plan to build up to 100 homes in a disused railway cutting will now have until 23 March to submit formal objections.
Hope for Knockmore Line04/03/23BBC News
Translink wants to assess the possibility of reopening the dismantled railway between Antrim and Lisburn via Belfast International Airport.
Disused lines can boost connectivity02/03/23New Civil Engineer
While debate about the final scope of High Speed 2 rages, demand for restoring local rail connections is gaining traction.

February 2023

Repairs for striking Scottish viaduct28/02/23Construction Index
National Highways' Historical Railways Estate team is normally under fire for infilling Victorian railway bridges, but it has sensitively restored Avon Viaduct near Westfield.
Viaduct transformation underway27/02/23Yorkshire Evening Post
The Grade II-listed Monk Bridge Viaduct - dating back to 1846 - is being transformed into a greenway and pedestrian path, while the archways beneath will be home to bars, restaurants and shops.
Approved housing blocks trackbed19/02/23Glasgow World
Planning permission has been granted to build three houses on a disused railway in Biggar despite previous concerns about restricting public transport opportunities.
Setback for Devon greenway17/02/23East Devon News
Hopes of creating a new off-road cycle trail on a disused railway between Ottery St Mary and Tipton St John remain an 'aspiration' unless external funding can be found, it has been revealed.
Progress for Alnwick greenway16/02/23Northumberland Gazette
Plans are being progressed to transform part of the former Alnwick-Cornhill railway into a greenway.
Viaduct replacement approved16/02/23BBC News
Plans for a £5m bridge have been approved by councillors, allowing cyclists and walkers to travel between Oldham and Tameside along the route of an old railway viaduct.
Repairs to Devon bridges15/02/23BBC News
Three historic railway bridges in Devon have had extensive repair work as part of a £243,000 investment.
Cycle role for Devon line?14/02/23DevonLive
A new walking and cycle trail on the former railway between Feniton and Sidmouth would create "considerable benefits" for the local area, a councillor has claimed.
Scottish station open to offers14/02/23The Herald
Saughtree Station, a remote outpost on the former Border Counties line, is up for sale with a price tag of over £500,000.
Leeds 'high line' gaining momentum09/02/23Construction Management
Dreams to turn the abandoned Holbeck/Farnley Viaduct into a green space for the community is a step closer after almost 20 years of campaigning.
Portishead contractor appointed08/02/23Bristol Live
A contractor has now been appointed to build stations at Pill and Portishead, bringing Network Rail a step closer to the restoration of the former Portishead railway which has been out of use since 1964.
Railway transformation plan05/02/23Liverpool Echo
People are getting their first look at Wirral Council's plan to create a new Dock Branch Park along the old railway which stretches from Tower Road to Green Lane station.
Improvements for the Nickey Line02/02/23Herts Live
The disused railway between Hemel Hempstead and Harpenden is set for a major makeover, with the route resurfaced for a better bike experience.

January 2023

Railway corridor goes green29/01/23BBC News
More than 3,000 trees are being planted to create a wildlife corridor on a disused railway site in Cheltenham.
Deck removed as bridge repairs progress29/01/23South Wales Argus
Works to restore the disused railway bridge across the River Wye in Tintern - formerly carrying the Wireworks branch - are making progress.
New homes on old Lanarkshire line28/01/23Daily Record
Planning permission has been granted to build three houses on a disused railway in Biggar despite previous concerns about restricting public transport opportunities.
Rail or Trail plans examined26/01/23Derbyshire Live
A group proposing to turn Derbyshire's Monsal Trail back into a railway will be holding a public meeting next month to inform locals of the plans.
Council acts over infill breach25/01/23The Guardian
National Highways faces a third intervention by a local authority over infilling after breaching the permitted development rights used to bury Norfolk's Congham bridge in tonnes of concrete.
Railway emerges from the sea25/01/23North Wales Live
More evidence has been revealed of a long-lost 19th Century railway on the beach at Barmouth, with submerged iron wheels and axles revealed in an area where the remains of a narrow-gauge track have been spotted.
Return for two stations?24/01/23Hereford Times
The return of two disused Herefordshire railway stations is among proposals in a strategy for the county due to be agreed this week.
Bat returns to old tunnel22/01/23The Argus (Brighton)
A bat which was declared extinct in the UK in the 1990s is thought to be making a comeback after one was spotted in a disused railway tunnel in West Sussex.
Go-ahead for Camden Highline21/01/23BBC News
Plans to create a walkway along a disused railway viaduct in north London have been approved by Camden Council.
Setback for Northern reopening20/01/23New Civil Engineer
The government has pulled its support for reinstatement of the Bury-Rochdale railway under the Restoring Your Railway Fund scheme, due to cost concerns.
Tram bridge funding secured20/01/23LancsLive
Preston's historic old tram bridge will finally be replaced after the city was awarded the full £20M it requested from the Levelling Up Fund.
Ambitious rail plan for Ulster20/01/23The Irish Times
An Irish Minister has attended meetings with engineering firm Arup and a British government-appointed rail expert to discuss a project that could bring trains back to Dungannon, Omagh and Strabane.
Funds sought for reopening study19/01/23BBC News
The team behind plans to reopen the Cirencester-Kemble railway is bidding for the final tranche of funding for a feasibility study.
Rare Norfolk bridge lost to infill17/01/23Lynn News
Campaigners have raised concerns about the infilling of a historic bridge at Congham over the former Lynn-Fakenham railway, saying it might affect the route's repurposing for active travel.
Marathon running in the dark17/01/23BBC News
Up to 40 runners will take part in this year's 200-mile Tunnel Ultra run through the former railway tunnel under Combe Down in Bath.
Station plan 'ludicrously' expensive13/01/23Eastern Daily Press
The prospect of reopening a railway station to serve a planned 4,000-home development near King's Lynn has been talked down by council officials.
Camden plan under consideration13/01/23BBC News
The team behind plans to create a walkway along a disused viaduct in north London has asked permission to begin the first phase of construction.
Strawberry line work to continue13/01/23Somerset County Gazette
The delivery of a traffic-free active travel route across rural Somerset - mostly using disused railways - will continue despite financial pressures, a councillor says.
Backing for station plan12/01/23BBC News
Council leaders have pledged their support to reopen the old Ashton Gate Station to help sort traffic problems on match days at the nearby stadium.
Railway amongst new cycle routes?11/01/23Eastern Daily Press
Repurposing of the 20-mile disused railway between King's Lynn and Fakenham could be amongst several proposed improvements to Norfolk's walking and cycling infrastructure, officials have revealed.
Station plan back on track10/01/23Shropshire Star
A village's hopes of getting a railway station back for the first time since the 1960s are still alive after councillors gave a housing development the green light.
Station restoration bid under way09/01/23Eastern Daily Press
Rail enthusiasts are hoping to restore a forgotten station building at Middleton Towers before it reaches the end of the line.
Improvements to active travel route09/01/23Herts Live
The disused Wheathampstead-Welwyn Garden City railway - used by walkers and cyclists - has recently undergone resurfacing works.
Devolution brings reopening hope09/01/23Yahoo
A new £4bn devolution deal for the North East could be crucial to realising dreams of reopening the mothballed Leamside Line.
Station set for re-emergence07/01/23Somerset Live
The platforms of the formerly-busy railway station at Congresbury - from which strawberries were transported across Somerset - is set to be cleared of years of vegetation.
Clarity sought on Skipton-Colne reopening05/01/23Telegraph & Argus
Pendle councillors have called for government clarity on prospects for reopening the Skipton-Colne railway which campaigners say could lead to faster travel right across the north and, in particular, boost east Lancashire towns.
Unearthing historical relics03/01/23Bolton News
Horwich Heritage is restoring a set of bufferstops that have been exhumed from the site of the town's former station which closed in 1966.