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WELCOME TO THE   MINSTERS RAIL CAMPAIGN 

 

MINSTERS RAIL CAMPAIGN - FORWARD INTO 2015

This is the webpage of the Minsters Rail Campaign. Our aim is to see the former rail link between York and Beverley reopened with new stations at Stamford Bridge, Pocklington and Market Weighton ideally placed to suck traffic off the congested A1079 (see story   below) and A166 roads.

Our case for re-opening document can be found here and a map of the proposed route can be found below.

We are a voluntary organisation reliant on donations (both time and money) and appreciate any help we can get.

The committee consists of:

Peter Hemmerman - Chair

David Pennie - Secretary

Tony Ross - Treasurer

David Wells - Membership Sec.

NEW IMAGE FOR MINSTERS RAIL CAMPAIGN

That well known (really? - Ed)   marketing firm of Hemmerman and Wells were commissioned at great expense (a cheese roll and two cups of tea) to produce our new logo. We hope you like it.

We all felt the old logo was a bit tired and needed something a little more eye-catching to get people's attention. Our membership cards, business cards and letterheads have now all been updated as well.

 RILLINGTON - PICKERING RE-OPENING

There is a campaign and petition to re-open this line, which MRC support. Unfortunately one individual - since ostracised from   this campaign - took a hostile stance to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and ended up jeopardising the work being done.

We have made it clear that we do not support this individual's views.

A privately-funded feasibility study is underway and we await the results with interest.

22 November 2013, from Hansard written answers

Railways: Construction

Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will impose a moratorium on building on disused railway paths. [176085]

Stephen Hammond: Network Rail's land disposals are regulated and monitored by the independent Office of Rail Regulation through a condition in its network licence. The purpose of the licence condition is to protect land that may be required for the future development of the rail network, and to prevent the disposal of that land against the public interest.

The Government's National Planning Policy Framework states that local planning authorities should identify and protect, where there is robust evidence, sites and routes which could be critical in developing infrastructure to widen transport choice.

 

The key tasks for 2015 will be about funding to update the 2005 feasibility study.  (The November meeting was supportive (see item below), but there was no prospect of funding from local authorities.)  This will involve:

  • engaging the Local Enterprise Partnerships for our area with the project
  • continuing to work closely with local authorities and councillors to encourage them to buy into our vision
  • making use of the experience of other reopening schemes which have already successfully gone through this stage in the process

We expect to learn the outcome of our challenge to the ERYC Local Plan in the new year, and will update our members as well as the Campaign’s sponsors listed on this website.

2015 is of course an election year and it seems likely that the election is going to be the most unpredictable and interesting for many years.  We will be seeking to make progress with the MPs and councillors who are elected.

Whilst we are not aligned with any political party, we will be contacting all candidates during the election campaign to ascertain their support for of the Campaign and make it public (via press release, social media and this website) to raise the profile of the Campaign.

MINSTERS RAIL CAMPAIGN MEET WITH LOCAL COUNCILS 

Chairman Peter Hemmerman and David Wells met with representatives from the local councils and Network Rail on 5th November to discuss what the campaign needed to do to get a revised feasibility report re-issued. Two important points came out of the meeting.

  •  The original Carlbro report is now so out of date the heavy rail solution may not be the right one for this   transport corridor. Graham North, representing Ryedale and North Yorkshire, suggested that a study that looks at the problems facing the corridor as a whole is the next step, without going too far towards identifying an actual solution.
  •  The other significant change is that the economic power now lies with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and we would need to approach them for funding of a future study.

More detailed notes can be found lower down this page.

EAST RIDING LOCAL PLAN

MRC Secretary David Pennie and Chairman Pete Hemmerman represented the MRC at the recent Local Plan enquiry. Our main concern is the proposed housing development on the Stamford Bridge and Pocklington sites. If the line has to be diverted away from these sites, it becomes less attractive to car users and possibly more expensive, as the alignments were chosen to minimise engineering costs.

The inspectors have noted our concerns and will be reporting back with recommendations in 2015. We hope they will advise ERYC to look again at the decision to develop the station sites. 

You can view our response to the ERYC Local Plan here.

ROAD USAGE FIGURES

We have received a clarification from Ian Burnett  of ERYC on road usage figures for the area. The figures are taken from Automatic Traffic Counters (ATC), which are permanent loops in the road.  The ATC between Market Weighton and Pocklington is located just east of Hayton dual carriageway and the ATC between Pocklington and York is located at Kexby.

Ian confirmed that 26,000 was the net figures mentioned at the meeting (expected A1079 use around 2029).

The following are 12 hour (0700-1900) two-way traffic flows:

  • Market Weighton to Pocklington (just east of Hayton dual carriageway) - 14,223
  • Pocklington to York (Kexby)                                                                     - 14,457
  • A166 (Stamford Bridge)                                                                             - 6,872

We have applied a quick bit of maths by dividing 14,457 by twelve to get an hourly number passing the Kexby counter of 1205 vehicles per hour or around 20 vehicles in an average minute.

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

Minsters Rail Campaign  Membership Secretary David Wells has been delighted with the response to his invitation to re-join the Campaign, but warns that more members are needed. 

'We put membership on hold about a year ago with the uncertainty the MRC faced,' says David. 'However, we still need people to join the campaign to ensure we can keep pressure up locally.'

Membership costs £5 for a year, although we would prefer it if people joined for longer, as the cost of stamps means less of the money goes to the Campaign itself.

Joining the campaign costs £5 per year or £50 for life. You can download a form here or  contact peter.hemmerman@gmail.com

FULL NOTES FROM COUNCIL MEETING 5/11/14

The proposal to electrify the existing estuary route to Hull and to improve journey times to around one hour are the key aims of Hull and ERYC. The Northern franchise ITT is likely to specify an hourly service over this route as well. This addresses part of the MRC business case.

The councils do not have the funding to finance a further study. The power to do this now lies with the Local Enterprise Partnerships who have the funds and the ear of local government. We sensed some frustration from councillors on this state of play.

Graham North (NYCC/Ryedale) suggested we need to go right back to basics. The only way a LEP will fund a project is for it to have a more robust business case. To get to the business case you have to persuade them the study is worth doing. Instead of a rail study, Graham suggests a corridor study to fully understand the needs of the communities and businesses in the corridor (and he was keen for us to note the best solution may not involve building more railway). Graham pointed to the Harrogate electrification study as an example of good practice.

Symon Fraser (ERYC) doubted the funding would ever be raised. Ian Burnett (ERYC officer) said the A1079 could cope with predicted levels of traffic to 2029 [and then?]. There are further improvements due in the next few years: limited doubling and new roundabout near Market Weighton.

James Alexander (CYC) suggested contacting LEPs to see if they were interested in funding a corridor type study, perhaps convening a meeting with the three local LEPs and local MPs as a way forward. Pete Hemmerman (MRC) is to consider this as next step. 

All parties agreed they supported the project and would be prepared to meet after Minsters Rail Campaign had contacted the LEPs.

It was noted that the 'Northern powerhouse' aspirations of the current government, the One North and Rail North bodies and policy changes in the forthcoming years may all affect the projects - Cllr Stephen Bayes (Hull) encouraged the Campaign to keep going whilst acknowledging this was a long-haul project. 

THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A RAIL LINK

Here is an interesting table courtesy of the BBC 27/03/2013: highlights the benefits of being attached to the rail network rather well.

 
 RiponIlkley
 
Population
(ONS/Census 2011)
17,193
14,688
Average house price
(Halifax price index)
£202, 784
£274,965
Tourist Information Centre  visits (2012)
22,000
(Harrogate Borough Council)
76,530
(Bradford Council)
Daily weekday rail services
0
132
(West Yorkshire Metro)
Annual station footfall
0
Approx. 1.3 million
(Northern Rail)

 

     

 

 

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 A map of the proposed route - the black line is the original line, the blue sections new build. Of the three routes into York the northern-most is currently the most likely to go ahead. 


 

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Site last updated on Monday 1st December 2014

 

LATEST NEWS

AN APOLOGY

A few of the new life membership forms have gone out in bigger envelopes than  the stamp we put on them. Apologies for those who have had an extra £1.20 to pay.

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

The Membership Secretary will be resigning from that post at the AGM in March. If you feel you could spare us half a day per month please get in touch. 
 

MEMBERSHIP FEES

Annual membership has been set at £5 for many years and with increasing prices we need to put that up. The next AGM will vote on a proposal to do this. Feel free to suggest any changes. Our suggestion is:

Annual Membership -  £10

Two year - £17.50

Life - £50

 JAMES ALEXANDER

Having just established relations with James Alexander, the leader of  City of York Council we have learned he has resigned and will be working on Ed Milliband's team from 2015. Thnaks for the support James and we hope your career move is everything you want (noting we are an apoltical organisation).