Fabulous news from OkeRail!
After weeks of not being able to say anything, today the confirmation that the government are restoring the passenger service was in the spending review.
In the National Infrastructure Strategy, which was also published today, alongside the CSR, on page 41, Restoring your Railway states the following:
The government will also deliver on its manifesto commitment to spend £500 million to restore transport services previously lost in the Beeching cuts of the 1960s, including reopening the Ashington-Blyth line in Northumberland to passenger services, and restoring rail links to Okehampton in Devon. The government has also launched a New Ideas Fund to pay for feasibility work on proposals for new lines and stations.
Now while this IS only one sentence, do not underestimate the significance. It is the government's commitment to the service.
More information about when the service will start, will follow in the coming weeks. Work is being carried out now on the line by Network Rail to prepare the infrastructure.
We're nearly there!
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