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Restoring Your Railway Fund - Round 3 Bids Received

The Department for Transport is two thirds through its £500 million Restoring Your Railway Fund. The Fund is now closed for any further bids and the funding is being split in 3 ways to offer support to projects at different phases of development:

Ideas Fund

This will provide support to proposals to reinstate axed local services. These should be sponsored by MPs working with local authorities and community groups.

Advanced proposals

As well as looking for new ideas, the £500 million fund will be used to help accelerate the development of closed lines and stations which are already in the process of being considered for restoration.

Proposals for new and restored stations

A new round of the New Stations Fund will support both the development of new stations and the restoration of old station sites.

List, by funding round, of all the bids made to the Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund. Round 3 bids are currently under assessment, and bid names may be subject to change following initial assessment. The following bids have been put forward for further consideration.

Region Scheme

East Midlands


Reconnecting Ruddington

Reinstatement of the line between Bedford and Northampton

Firsby - Louth

Peaks and Dales Line

Cosby to Lutterworth

Reinstatement of Maldon to Witham Line

To reinstate the King’s Lynn to Hunstanton Railway

To re-open the Wymondham-Dereham line

Welland Valley Rail (Kettering-Peterborough-Wisbech)

Re-opening Sawston Station

Re-opening Harston station


Gilsland Station

North East

Newcastle - Berwick-upon-Tweed

Belford Station

The Bishop Line and the Weardale Railway

Reinstatement of Bensham Curve

Reinstatement of Nexus Metro Expansion – Cobalt Business Park Line

Reinstatement of Leamside line (Local Services)

North West

Kenyon Junction Station


Ledsham Station

East Didsbury to Stockport

Ashton to Stockport Line

The Middlewich Line

Reconnect Rawtenstall and Manchester

Lakes Line

Reinstating Carlisle to Silloth railway

Reintroduce Burscough Curves

Reinstatement of Penrith to Keswick line

To re-open Midge Hall Station

South East

Lewes - Uckfield & Tumbridge Wells - Eridge / Ashurst

Hayling Branch Line

Building a better-connected West Oxfordshire - a transformational

project for the wider Oxford economic region

Grove Station

Ludgershall Link

South West

Lynton - Barnstaple Railway

Carn Brea Station

Barnstaple Branch Line "Taw Link"

Stonehouse Bristol Road

Marazion Railway Station

Tavistock Okehampton

Bude Okehampton

Saltford Station (Bath & North Somerset)

Sharpness Branch Line

Re-instate the Helston Railway Link connecting Helston to the main

South West rail line

Wilton Junction Station

To reinstate the Radstock railway

To reinstate the Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Junction Railway

Shepton Mallet to Somerset

Pilning Station Enhancements

Corsham Station

Gravity Site - Bristol to Exeter Mainline Railway

New train service to Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway.

Extension of the Riviera Line

New station south of Gloucester

Fowey to Lostwithiel

Reopening Brent Station

Tavistock to Plymouth Rail Reinstatement


Bangor - Afonwen Railway

To restore services on the Anglesey Central Railway between Gaerwen

and Amlwch

West Midlands

Castle Bromwich - Fort Parkway


Telford Central

Oswestry - Gobowen Line

Etruria Station

Tettenhall area station

Coventry area stations study

The Stourbridge Dasher - Stourbridge - Brierley

Lichfield - Burton on Trent / Derby

Galley Common/Stockingford Station (Nuneaton to Birmingham)

Sutton Park Line

Reinstatement of the Stoke-Leek line

Reinstatement of rail sidings at the former Ironbridge Power Station

Yorkshire and Humberside

South Yorkshire Joint Railway


East Ardsley Station

Upper Wensleydale Railway

Boulby Branch Line/Saltburn Line

Askern Line

Reinstatement of the North Midland Line between Barnsley to Wakefield

via Royston

Don Valley Line

Beverley to York Line

Sheaf Valley New Stations and Station Improvements

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