Petitioning Secretary of State for Transport Rt Hon Chris Grayling and 23 others

Re-open the Matlock, Bakewell, Buxton and Manchester Railway

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Citizens of Derby and Leicester together with citizens of Loughborough, Kettering, Bedford, and Luton are probably unaware that there was once a main line railway between Derby and Manchester which formed a second principal route between London St Pancras and Manchester with many trains continuing to Liverpool. This line was closed as part of the Beeching axe and left the east midlands with very poor rail links to Manchester and the North West.

The section between Matlock and Chinley is completely closed to passengers but the route is still in place. Ideally this main line should be reopened , but it would be costly although demand would undoubtedly be huge. Therefore we suggest about four trains a day should run from London St Pancras to Manchester calling at Luton, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Derby, then via the longer Hope Valley Line to Stockport and Manchester. Assuming these trains prove successful then consideration should be given to reopening the direct line via Matlock.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Secretary of State for Transport
    Rt Hon Chris Grayling
  • Local Derby Newspaper Reporter
    Zena Hawley Derby Telegraph
  • Local Raio Station for Derby and East Staffordshire
    BBC Radio Derby
  • Local East Midlands News covering parts Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
    BBC East Midlands Today
  • Lib Dem Party Member
    Charles Lawley
  • Lib Dem Party Member
    Alistair Forbes
  • Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure
    Simon Spencer
  • Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism
    Barry Lewis
  • Treasurer, Recruitment, Administrator, Delegated Meetings and Co-London Liaison Officer for ERTA Rai
    Smon Barber
  • Vice Chairman. Field Officer, Co-London Coordinator, Great Central and Northampton – Olney –Bedford
    David Ferguson
  • MP for Derbyshire Dales
    Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin
  • Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
    Theresa May MP
  • Lib Dem Party Member
    Vikki Bonsall
  • Lib Dem Party Member
    Peter Stanton
  • Lib Dem Party Member
    Tom Hague
  • Lib Dem Party Member
    George White
  • Lib Dem Party Member
    Jeremy Miles
  • Lib Dem Party Member
    Paul Williams
  • Lib Dem Party Member
    Kate Smith
  • Transport Minister
    Jo Johnson
  • High Peak MP
    Ruth George
  • Community Stations Development Manager
    Martin Yallop
  • Award Winning Writer and Broadcaster
    Christian Wolmar
  • Lib Dem Party Candidate
    Adam Wain

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