This is the latest press release from development agency Northern Way...
Woodhead Tunnels remain viable option for trans-Pennine rail link
27th October 2008
The Northern Way is today (27 October 2008) publishing a paper that describes what would need to be done to keep open the option of bringing the disused Woodhead rail route between Hadfield and Penistone in the Peak District back into rail use.
Previously, the Northern Way has identified that to support the North's economic growth additional trans-Pennine rail capacity will be needed for passengers and freight. The re-use of the Woodhead route is one of the options that should be considered.
The paper counters suggestions that National Grid's work to relocate high voltage power cables in the tunnels precludes the option of them being re-used for rail services in the future.
John Jarvis, Northern Way Transport Director, said:
"We're going to need additional trans-Pennine rail capacity. To make sure we get the optimum solution, it's essential that all options for making this a reality remain open."Link to original press release