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Wednesday, 5 December 2007

4 simple things you can do to campaign for the tunnel

1. We are all volunteers, donate to our campaign to keep it running.

2. Keep up to date with our campaign by signing up to our newsletter.

3. Get involved in the Save the Woodhead Tunnel campaign and help make your voice heard - send us an email if you want to find out more, including details of forthcoming meetings. Download our leaflet here & print off copies for distribution to as many people as you can. You can write to us at: Save The Woodhead Tunnel, PO Box 367, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 4WD.

4. Write to Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Transport asking him to save the route (Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DR).

9 comments:

JRD168 said...

Good for you. It's a disgrace that this line has been closed for so long. I've put the details on my blog, and wish you the best of luck!

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work ... this line should never have closed. The government is being extremely short sighted by letiing this continue

walkeruk said...

Ruth Kelly is being dragged down the garden path by the DfT and National Grid Plc.

Anyone fancy doing a FOI request to find out how much National Grid paid for the new tunnel (Sold of course by the Residuary BRB under instructions of the DfT!). Sheffield, Manchester and the Nation deserve better.

Greg said...

I cannot believe only 1200+ people have signed the petition to re-open the Woodhead line - Britain's 1st electrified mainline railway and only one to be closed!

The 1200+ demonstrates peoples ill regard for transport issues. And ranks as non-sensically as people complaining about the price of petrol but still queuing up to buy it.

In 1999 a transport white paper mooted £180 billion's worth of transport improvement. Including restored rail links like Woodhead. I think about 50p of it has actually been spent on railways.

I think the truth is you only get a new rail link by campaigning if you live in a marginal parliamentary seat. Elsewhere, the government seem obsessed with doing nothing that benefits working class people because they aren't the marginal voters. In fact, they refuse to acknowledge a working class still exist.

David Buckley said...

The Woodhead Tunnel should be kept open for possible future high speed electrified rail travel. I'm sure the National Grid could temporarily reroute cables through the main tunnel whilst they renovate the old tunnels for their cables, it may cost more money for the NG but think of the publicity and praise they would receive in undertaking this action all of which would be beneficial to them in the long run.

Penske666 said...

I only found out about this during an archaeology essay I'm writing on Deepcar. It's horrible to think more government stupidity could rid us of this once important rail link.

Anonymous said...

Here in south central Manchester we have had many lines closed. Already in place within the localities infrastructure, complete with cuttings, access and bridges, anyone with any common sense knows that turning these old lines into cycle tracks (muggers / crime tracks) was tantamount to insanity. It is irreversible neo-retro transport madness. The same goes for Woodhead. It is there, it is not broken, it needs to be used positively as it was intended - not regressed to suit the needs of fat cat energy company bosses. Anyway, surely if the tunnel was REALLY needed - it's not, though, because they are already using the other two Victorian tunnels - couldn't some engineering genius find some way of incorporating a few power cables into the existing space?

Benjamin said...

I've seen photos in RAIL magazine and YouTube videos that clearly show the Woodhead line as 4-track in places. This would be an enormous advantage. It would allow expresses to operate alongside freight.

Compare this to the Hope Valley between Dore and Chinley, where there are NO places for overtaking apart from maybe at the junction to Hope Cement Works.

jon 1962 said...

i have just returned from a visit to north west i cant belive how many motor ways there are around greater manchester now. GET THIS LINE RE OPENED NOW . more roads is not the answer mr hoon