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Saturday, 12 January 2008

Bury Times: Woodhead Rail Tunnel Protest

An article from today's Bury Times about the demonstration at Woodhead:

Campaigners from Bolton will join dozens protesting against plans by the National Grid to lay cables through the main Woodhead rail tunnel today.

The tunnel provided a route between Manchester and Sheffield until it was closed in 1981.

Members of the Greater Manchester Transport Campaign believe that if the cables are laid, it is unlikely that the disused tunnel will ever be brought back into railway use.

They say the link could be vital to satisfy the growing cross-Pennine demand for freight and passenger travel.

A protest takes place at the tunnel's western mouth in Woodhead, Derbyshire, at 1pm.

The group is urging people to sign a petition calling for Transport Secretary and Bolton West MP Ruth Kelly to intervene to save the tunnel at: