Aldridge station in 1955 (Photo: DJ Norton)

UK: The government has announced £15m of Restoring Your Railway funding for the further development of proposals for nine railway schemes.

The initiatives announced on June 18 are:

  • reopening Aldridge station and reinstating passenger services on the freight-only line from Ryecroft Junction near Walsall;
  • reintroducing passenger services on the Barrow Hill line between Sheffield and Chesterfield;
  • reintroducing passenger services on the Ivanhoe Line between Leicester and Burton on Trent;
  • reopening Meir station on the line between Derby and Stoke-on-Trent;
  • reopening Haxby station on the York – Scarborough line;
  • reinstating the Fleetwood line;
  • reopening Ferryhill station in County Durham;
  • developing a Mid-Cornwall Metro, restoring direct services between Newquay, St Austell, Truro and Falmouth;
  • opening a station at Lydeway between Pewsey and Westbury in Wiltshire to serve Devizes.

The contribution will continue the development of schemes identified through the Ideas Fund, which is providing early-stage development funding to 38 projects in total.