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

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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 mainline 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 identified for closure in Beeching's report and was finally closed by Barbara Castle the Minister of Transport which 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.

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