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Rail campaigners welcome more money for new stations

26 August 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the Government's announcement of a further £20 million investment to fund new rail stations.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, said:

"Another £20 million towards new rail stations could be great news for thousands of people and we look forward to seeing what projects win funding. Fifty years after Dr Beeching closed a third of the network, the successful New Stations Fund shows that communities up and down the country are clamouring to get back on track.

"The challenge now is to build a railway that meets the growing demand to travel by train. That means reopening lines as well as stations."

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For further information please contact James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6484/07984 773 468 or james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

2. Today's announcement is the second round of the Government's New Stations Fund which will provide up to 75 per cent of the cost for construction of new stations or to reopen previously closed stations in England and Wales. The deadline for bidders for this round of funding is 18 November 2016 with an announcement of successful projects expected to be made early next year. The first round helped fund stations at Lea Bridge in London, Ilkeston in Derbyshire, Newcourt in Devon, Pye Corner, Newport and Kenilworth near Coventry.