Sunday, 13 September 2015

Gilsland Station Update - Northumberland CC gets behind the campaign to reopen the station

I was delighted to read the notes to the recent NCC Committee meeting - see below - which details their financial support for the Campaign to Open Gilsland Station.
This project is slowly moving forward, with assistance from Northumberland County Council, as we get to GRIP Stage 3 of the Network Rail process for Station Rebuilds. There is a large amount of support locally, and in the 2 local authorities, and I cannot praise the team at COGS enough - they are doing a great job The Committee notes re Gilsland are here:

The reopening of Gilsland Station also featured when we met with Rory Stewart, MP, my friend, Cumbrian neighbour and the Rural Economy Minister last month.
This project would clearly transform the tourist, travel, business and other prospects of the very western area of the County.  There is a case to be made not least because there have been persistent problems with buses in the area, and the tourism busineses which I know well would be very pleased. Anyone who walks the Hadrians Wall or Pennine Way would also be delighted. The reality is that this will have a significant wider economic impact. I am meeting Network Rail soon and will continue to do everything I can to push the project forward.