Telford MP backs call to reopen Ironbridge to Birmingham rail link

Telford's MP has thrown her weight behind a campaign to reopen a railway linking Ironbridge and Birmingham as part of the work on the power station site.

Lucy Allan says it will help preserve the area's heritage through regeneration and support tourism.

Councillor Eric Carter, who is chairman of the Marches Strategic Rail Group and borough councillor for Newport South and East, made a call for the move last month, saying it would be "foolish” to ignore the chance to reconnect the line.

Now, Ms Allan has voiced her support for the scheme and says she intends to write to Network Rail and the new owners of the power station site, offering her help.

Development company Harworth Group has bought the Ironbridge power station site for an undisclosed sum.

Guests leave the first Sunday passenger train into the new Coalbrookdale station in 1979

The developer plans to build "several hundred” homes on the 350-acre site, and will utilise parts of the area for commercial and leisure uses.

Ms Allan said: "Connecting Ironbridge to Birmingham and the rest of the UK will not only increase connectivity and boost productivity but will also preserve the area's heritage through regeneration.

"It is important to improve rail links in Telford including Ironbridge which attracts many visitors every year.

Advertising

"I will be writing to Network Rail and to the new owners of the Power Station, the Harworth Group to express my support for this initiative and offer my help.”

Councillor Carter said it would be a "massive boost" to the Gorge.

He said the line could link to a park and ride facility into Ironbridge itself, cutting down on the amount of people driving into the area.

Councillor Nicola Lowery, ward member for the Ironbridge Gorge, also wants a rail link reintroduced.

Advertising

The line has been used for passengers from Birmingham to Ironbridge in the past.

On May 27, 1979 the first train to Coalbrookdale from Birmingham ran as part of the Ironbridge bicentenary programme.

It was the first time there had been a scheduled passenger train along the line since 1962.




Date: 21 July 2018 | Source: Shropshire Star

More Telford News

 Telford man sexually abused boy and girl 40 years ago

A Telford man sexually abused a boy and a girl in the 1970s and 1980s, a h..

 'Very concerned' CQC takes action against Shropshire hospital trust

The CQC "remains very concerned about the emergency department and materni..

 Driver arrested as 'stolen caravan' causes Telford congestion

A driver suspected of stealing a caravan has been arrested at a busy Telfo..

 Zombie invasion Telford Shopping Centre

Zombies took over Telford shopping centre on Saturday evening for a unique..

 Telford youngsters awarded BBC Blue Peter badges for helping others to smile

Two Telford schoolgirls are grinning from ear to ear after being awarded B..

 Telford firm Avara Foods creates 150 new jobs

One of the UK’s biggest food businesses and a major employer in Telford ha..
View More

More UK News

Dutchman's 'pure shock' after winning Cardigan bookshop

Paul Morris and his wife Leila decided to give the shop away following a tragedy in the family

Brexit: Back to the backstop

With five months to go until the UK is due to leave, the backstop is the core issue which needs to b..

Bar crawl students 'apple bobbed in urine'

More details emerge of the alcohol-fuelled ceremony at Newcastle University after which Ed Farmer di..

Autistic boy 'mocked' by Great Western Railway staff

Crime writer Sarah Hilary said two Great Western Railway staff "jeered" at her and her autistic son..

Mobile app data sharing 'out of control'

Nearly 90% of apps on Google Play share data with Google parent Alphabet, researchers say
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]
[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

24 Oct 2018

Wed 24 Oct - 7:30pm
Thu 25 Oct - 7:30pm
Fri 26 Oct - 7:30pm
Sat 27 Oct - 2:30pm
Sat 27 Oct - 7:30pm


Tickets £15


Group offer: £12 tickets for groups of 20+ per performance

View Details

27 Oct 2018

6- 9pm


Adult & 60+ - £13

Child (aged 3-15) - £9.50
Child (aged 0-2) - FREE
Family (2+2) - £40

Please note Passport tickets are not valid for this event and dogs will not be allowed.

Tickets must be purchased in advance either online

Dogs will not be allowed and remember to bring a torch.

View Details

30 Oct 2018

2.30pm


Tickets £11

Suitable for 5+

Show running time (approx) : 40 minutes - 15 minute interval - 30 minutes

View Details

31 Oct 2018

7:30pm


Tickets £24

Concession £22

View Details

31 Oct 2018

6:30 - 8:30pm


Children: £5.99

Adults: £1.99

Under 2's: £2.25

Under 1's: Free

View Details
View More