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WELCOME TO THE   MINSTERS RAIL CAMPAIGN 

 

ELECTION 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.

  

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.

 

Candidate responses

 

The Minsters Rail Campaign has written to the candidates most likely to be elected in constituencies along the line to ask how they will help promote the goals of the Minsters Rail Campaign namely helping to get an updated business case underway and should that prove the line is viable to help make the line a reality for the region. We have forwarded them the latest version of the MRC briefing document.

Of these, Graham Stuart (Conservative candidate for Beverley and Holderness) -  and Rachael Maskell (Labour York) have replied, He with something brief nd supportive, she with something more substantial. If elected she has offered to meet with the MRC.  Julian Sturdy's office has also replied promising to raise the briefing with him as a priority if he's elected and we would note Julian’s support when trying to get East Riding of Yorkshire’s decision to allow development on the identified route overturned.

MRC Chair Pete Hemmerman is standing as a local councillor in Market Weighton and as mentioned elsewhere on the webpage new political party Yorkshire First have backed the re-opening.

Pete Hemmerman has also spoken to Sir Greg Knight (Conservative -East Yorkshire) who has promised to look into the matter should he be re-elected. Unfortunately Sir Greg was under the impression the Feasibility Study had shown the business case was not viable

yorkshire first logo 

The new political party Yorkshire First has already come out of the stocks with a rail policy that includes the re-opening of the Minsters Line and many others. A full list can be found here:

http://www.yorkshirefirst.org.uk/railway-vision/

MINSTERS RAIL CAMPAIGN - Key tasks for 2015

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
  • Staging pubic meetings at Pocklington, Market Weighton and Beverley

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.

                                                               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 later in 2015. We hope they will advise ERYC to look again at the decision to develop the station sites. However we note that developement has aready started in Pocklington.

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 £10 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 £10 per year or £50 for life. You can download a membership form here or  contact davidvaughanwells@outlook.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 4th May 2015

 

LATEST NEWS

You can download a membership form here

MEMBERSHIP  FEE INCREASE

The cost of postage has meant that reuctanty the MRC has had to increase annual membership to £10. Life membership remains at £50.

Two year mebership is available for £17.50

yU can download a Membership Form here

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Once the election is over the MRC plan to hold public meetings at Beverley, Pocklington and Market Weighton to  rise our profile.

BAD NEWS

Development has started on the site of  our proposed Pocklington station. Short sighted and a step back for the campaign.