Rail re-opening report on track

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A report is being drawn up into the possibility of re-opening the Buxton-Matlock rail line following a well-attended meeting organised by Transition Buxton.

Why the line closed, the feasibility of it re-opening and the effect trains would have on the newly-opened cycle trails were among the questions put to an expert panel at The Railway Hotel.

Janet Miller, who helped organise the event, said “ The aim was not to push any particular agenda. What we wanted was to present people with the facts, so they can make up their own minds.

“We have to turn our record of the proceedings into a report available to anyone who wants it, and take it from there.”

Transition Buxton thanked Bill Preece, Chairman of Otter Controls, for leading the inquiry, and panellists Brian Taylor (Peak District National Park Authority), Jim Froggatt (Campaign for Better Transport), Jim Seymour (Derbyshire County Council), Martin Smith (High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership), Martin Wragg (Peak Cycle Links), Mike Garratt (MDS Transmodal) and Paul Tomlinson (Peak Rail).

To receive a copy of the Rail Inquiry Report, email contact@transitionbuxton.co.uk