A new company has been launched to drive forward the bold vision of reopening the railway line between Buxton and Matlock!
The group of Derbyshire organisations and individuals have come together to form the Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership (MEMRAP), with the aim of reinstating the line between Blackwell and Rowsley for use by passengers, heritage trains and freight traffic.
Chairman Robin Greenwood said: “We are working with several interested bodies who believe the line can and should be re-opened.
“In 2004 Derbyshire County Council and the Peak Park did a report that said the line would not be viable until the number of passengers on the current lines increased. The current lines are at saturation point, we are crying out for another line.
“People in Buxton look north to Manchester and people in Matlock look south but it doesn’t have to be like this. We want to open up this part of the country.”
Funding for the project, according to Mr Greenwood, would come from working in partnership with local quarries which are supplying materials for the new Heathrow Airport runway and are involved with the HS2 project.
Director Mike Rose said: “This is the missing link in the local rail network. The line’s closure in 1968 meant the loss of a valuable asset to the community.
“Re-opening the line will provide real benefit to local people and visitors, with improved transport between towns and villages, better connectivity and much better access to the national park from north and south and the opportunity to combine cycling or walking with a rail trip for a more enjoyable day out.”
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