The 11.5mile railway link between Skipton and Colne closed in February 1970 as the passenger service was considered uneconomic and the Government had in 1968 declined to provide a subsidy.

A long-running campaign has proposed the reinstatement of the link. In October 2019 the Government announced that the proposal had reached the ‘decision to initiate’ stage of the Government’s Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline. However, this does not guarantee implementation; further assessments will be carried out to determine whether the scheme can be made affordable, will attract sufficient traffic and is part of the right long-term solution for all trans-Pennine rail traffic.

i) Articles/Press notices/Reports

Colne to Skipton rail link: what the problems are, Lancashire Evening Telegraph, 25 October 2019

Positive signal change in bid to reopen Colne to Skipton lineBurnley Express, 18 October 2019

Rail network enhancements pipeline: autumn 2019 update, DfT, October 2019

Shadow transport secretary promises East Lancashire rail upgrade, Rail Technology, 13 August 2019

Reopening the Skipton-Colne rail line: The ‘Northern Link’ project prospectus, SELRAP, September 2018

Time To Invest In Rail, Addleshaw Goddard LLP, 24 May 2018

A new study into the potential reopening of a historic rail line linking Lancashire and Yorkshire has been announced by Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport for the North, 6 February 2018

New study into revival of Skipton to Colne rail link, DfT, 3 February 2018

ii)Parliamentary material

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department’s policy paper, Rail network enhancements pipeline: autumn 2019 update, published on 16 October 2019, when he plans to publish the (a) timescales and (b) costs for the development of those schemes, WPQ, House of Commons, 24 October 2019

Railways: Trans-Pennine Freight, OPQ, House of Lords, 7 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government supports the reinstatement of the rail link between Skipton and Colne, WPQ, House of Commons, 3 September 2019

Colne to Skipton Railway, Westminster Hall Debate, 26 April 2017

Skipton East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership, EDM 479 2012-13

Colne to Skipton Railway Line, Westminster Hall Debate, 12 January 2005


Disused Stations – Skipton to Colne 

SELRAP –  Skipton and East Lancs Rail Action Partnership 

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