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Charity backs calls for rail line rebirth

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

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A CHARITY dedicated to improvement transport resources across the country has called for a defunct passenger line to be reopened.

The Campaign for a Better Transport has backed calls to see the Ivanhoe line from Leicester to Burton, via Coalville and Ashby, to be brought back into service.

The line was axed following the controversial Beeching report in 1963, which saw the end of lines up and down the country.

A spokesman for the group said: “For the Government to give us all real alternatives to driving, one of the things it needs to do is provide more rail services.

“If the Government reopened this rail line, it could make a big difference to millions of us by connecting big/growing places that are not currently on the rail network and by making the network work better.

“We support local initiatives to reopen rail lines and hope the efforts of local campaigners are successful.”

The group revealed that concerned Ashby resident Christian Mander had been in touch to talk about why the route should be reinstalled.

He said: “I live in Ashby, a complete rail blind spot.

“All I want is to be able to get the train to work in Burton - my partner wants to go in the other direction.

“The fact that the old rail through the area is there waiting drives me mad. As it is now we run two cars.”

The line has continued to be used by freight trains since it was axed as a passenger service.

MPs Andrew Bridgen and Heather Wheeler last year wrote to the Transport Secretary calling for him to look at reopening the historic route.

Mrs Wheeler said: “South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire, at the heart of the National Forest, are fast growing districts in the Midlands so all the help we can get to take traffic off the roads and give commuters, shoppers and tourists an alternative way of travelling will be of great benefit both economically and for our quality of life.”

More information about the groups work is available by visiting www.bettertransport.org.uk/campaigns/public_transport/rail/lines_that_should_reopen/top_36

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