From the BBC Humber website:-
A campaign is underway to rebuild a railway that once connected Hull, Beverley and York. The project has moved on since the campaign to reopen the line was launched in 2001 by Philip Taylor and George McManus.
For the first time the idea of reopening the line has been discussed in Parliament.
In a Westminster debate in early June 2006 Graham Stuart the MP for Beverley and Holderness said: "Serious attention should be given to the proposed reopening of the Hull to York railway line.
"The Hull to Beverley line is still in existence, but the extension from Beverley to York was axed in 1965 as part of the Beeching cuts and has never been reopened.
"Recently, however, there has been growing political people pressure, from the ground up-for its return.
"A point worth making in that context is that transport in the region, particularly at the northern end of the A1079, is about not just reaching York but accessing Leeds and other areas."
Gillian Merron, junior transport minister, replied: "[The railway]... would not be financially self-supporting from fare income and would require ongoing public subsidy.
"...It would be unfair of me to suggest that consideration of the proposal outlined by the hon. Gentleman is likely to be a realistic priority for the Government in the immediate future."
Philip Taylor Vice Chairman of the Minsters' Rail Campaign comments: "The Minister's response was so predictable.
|Philip Taylor - Minsters' Rail Campaign|
"That's why I recommended the East Riding Council leaders nearly a year ago that the Council should focus on getting the route protected and not hold its breath about getting Government funding any time soon.
"It is disappointing the Minister doubted the line's ratio of benefits to costs and the availability of diversions and apparently expected it to be rebuilt and operated without ongoing public subsidy.
"Carl Bro, the local authorities' Consultants, satisfactorily addressed these issues in their report.
"They indicate that even in the worst case its benefit - cost ratio is more than double the new St Pancras Eurostar Rail Link and that the public subsidy would be well below rail's regional average.
"It would be a route of strategic regional importance in the second fastest growing area outside London and I was surprised that the Minister thought it relevant to bracket it with under-performing surviving and re-opened 'branch lines'.
|Views near Stamford Bridge|
"The main priority must now be to get the route identified by Carl Bro protected through the York, Ryedale and East Riding Councils' Local Development Frameworks."
In June 2005 the Leeds-based engineering consultants Carlbro produced a report looking at whether it was be feasible to reopen the railway.
Their economic assessment showed a Benefit - Cost ratio of up to 2.04 over a 60-year period - making it one of the most robust rail reopening proposals in England.
The present cost would be £183 million and a further £56 million has been added to cover contingencies.
Currently CarlBro predict up to 800,000 journeys per annum. Carl Bro recommend a half-hourly service so the route should be designed and costed as a double track railway.
David Walford, rail development officer for Community Rail Humber, said that passenger predictions in the report were "conservative". He said the Hull to Beverley to York route could eclipse the Hull to Scarborough line, which takes 1.3m passengers annually and saw patronage increase by 5%, 10% and 8% over the last 3 financial years.
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A new line would follow the original route as much as possible but there would be deviations to the north of Beverley and Market Weighton town centre, to the south of Pocklington, and to the north east of Stamford Bridge.
A new railway bridge would be built across the River Derwent. The line would reconnect into the Scarborough to York line just south of Haxby instead of Bootham Junction.
Only 2 houses would need to be demolished - both in Market Weighton.
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