Rev Jeremy Fisher (former Vicar of Beverley Minster)
Rt Rev Richard Frith (Bishop of Hull)
Rt Rev Terence Drainey (RC Bishop of Middlesbrough)
Rachael Maskell MP (City of York)
Alan Johnson MP (Hull West and Hessle)
Diane Johnson MP (Hull North)
Sir Greg Knight MP (East Yorkshire)
Ann Mcintosh MP (Malton and Thirsk)
Graham Stuart MP (Beverley and Holderness)
Julian Sturdy MP (York Outer)
Karl Turner MP (Hull East)
Timothy Kirkhope (MEP Yorkshire and Humber)
Linda McAvan (MEP Yorkshire and Humber)
CPRE (East Riding)
APRIL 2014 - the East Riding Council Local Plan has announced hosung on the station site. This severely damages the likelihood a railway could return and as a result the MRC have put a number of objections into the loal plan which will be reviewed by Governement inspectors later this year.
The old station is located in the centre of Pocklington, and would be unsuitable for the new railway, as the original site has been developed.
A location off Hodsow Lane has been identified as a likely site, being close to residential development in the area, the Pocklington Airfield Industrial Estate and Pocklington Grammar School. It is also convenient for access off the A1079 and via Allerthorpe for use as a “Park and Ride” station and public transport interchange.
If a tram system was built rather than a railway then the trams would probably call at the old station site in the town.
ADVANTAGES FOR POCKLINGTON
A railway to Pocklington will see access to this lovely area improved, bringing additional tourist revenue.
Journey time into York of 24 minutes
Journey time to Hull of 41 minutes
Relieve traffic on the A1079
A link to the national rail network
A choice between road and rail for the first time since 1965
Promoting social inclusion, by providing accessibility to facilities for those without other modes available
Promoting an environmentally friendly mode of transport
2010 POCKLINGTON SMALL BUSINESS SURVEY
The Minsters Rail Campaign carried out a survey of small businesses in 2010. Of the businesses surveyed, support for the return of the railway was almost unanimous. The following businesses signed up to support the Campaign.
GEMINI HAIR SALON
GRAY’S AND CO
HEATHER FURNISHING FABRICS
GRAY’S AND CO
HEATHER FURNISHING FABRICS
PETER WARD’S COFFEE HOUSE
C AND N WINES
RAILWAY STREET FISHERIES
LLOYDS TSB BANK
REGENT STREET DENTISTRY
REGENT SKIN CARE
ELITE KITCHENS & BEDROOMS
FRESH FOOD DELI
Pocklington is a small market town and civil parish, situated at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and has a population of 7,632 (2007 census) It is located approximately 13 miles (21 km) east of York.
Pocklington lies at the centre of the ecclesiastical Parish of Pocklington, which also encompasses the small hamlet of Kilnwick Percy, as well as a scattering of outlying farms and houses.
The town's skyline is dominated by a 15th century church tower belonging to All Saints church, and is known locally as the 'Cathedral of the Wolds'. The town’s architecture is a mixture of quaint old houses and modern buildings, and the town has several unusual street names, reflecting its history from the Iron Age onwards.
It is now considered to be a commuter town for Leeds, Hull and York. Former Minsters Rail Campaign chairman George McManus was mayor of Pocklington.
Near the centre of Pocklington are Burnby Hall Gardens. These gardens are home to the National Collection of hardy water lilies - the biggest such collection to be found in a natural setting in Europe. Day trippers also visit Millington Wood (a Site of Special Scientific Interest) and Pocklington Canal Head, with public rights of way along the canal.
LETTER IN RAIL MAGAZINE
Minsters Rail Campaign secretary David Pennie has had a letter published in Rail magazine re-inforcing the argument that the Minsters line would act as a second route into Hull should the Humber shoreline route not be available due to flooding.
MINSTERS RAIL CAMPAIGN ON TV
We are hoping to feature on BBC television on the programme "Inside Out" when MRC member James Wilson will commute into York showing the difficulties he faces.
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.