With help of members from the British Rail Old School Group a recent group has grown at significant rate in hope to reopen the Ivanhoe Line connecting Burton-on-Trent to Leicester alongside Swadlincote, Moira, Coalville etc.
The line itself has already received a lot of support from press, local councillors and MPs, as well as it’s own Facebook Group with over 300 members.
According to the Facebook Group’s description: This group is for anyone who supports the re-opening of the Burton-Leicester line for the improvement of the area’s transport infrastructure to minimise disruption caused by the HS2 construction phase and to enable us to reap the benefits of it’s introduction. It will provide a focal point for information, discussion and the formulation of ideas between members of the action group. Volunteers are sought to participate in our activities and would be made most welcome.
Anyone interested in helping support the campaign can register themselves on the group to follow announcements and updates.
BROS is fully behind the campaign as reopening the line would help reduce congestion between Burton’s Ashby Road and Woodland Road linking Swadlincote/Leicestershire, as well as provide support for the local economy. A lot of new housing estates are currently being erected and further more planned over the years ahead; which will lead to a larger increase of commuters on the roads.
On Thursday 24th January the leading member of the campaign Geoff Bushell will be holding a meeting at the Railway Inn giving members of the public a chance to express their views on reopening the line.
Some facts about the line…
- The Ivanhoe Line is officially the longest freight only line in the country.
- Coalville and Swadlincote are #’s 5 and 7 in the list of Top 100 Largest towns in the country without a rail service.
- Newhall is the largest village in the country not served by rail.