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Saturday, 18 October 2008

Yes minister?

Save the Woodhead Tunnel are welcoming the recent meeting between new transport minister Lord Adonis and those campaigning to re-open the tunnel. The positive meeting indicated the government are open to persuasion and the campaign will now move on to making robust arguments for re-instating the line.

We'll be formally introducing ourselves to the minister in the next few weeks and we're hoping rumours he is a train enthusiast are proven correct!

The meeting comes in the wake of a report from development partnership The Northern Way which indicates future growth in trans-pennine freight demands the re-opening of the line.

Also, the draft Yorkshire and Humberside route utilisation strategy (Y&H RUS) includes the Woodhead route and we'll be making representations to ensure it gets the attention we believe it deserves.