The Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020. This briefing provides analysis of the impacts on the aviation and road haulage sectors at the end of the transition period whether the UK and EU enter into an agreement or not.
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 line, Burnley 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
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
A Westminster Hall debate on an e-petition relating to funding for Transport for London [free transport for under-18s ] is scheduled for Monday 30 November 2020, from 6-7:30pm. Ellliot Colburn MP of the Petitions Committee, will open the debate.
This paper provides an overview of the current rail system, including how it is delivered and how it performed and was financed up until the spring of 2020 when the UK locked down in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. It explains the impact of the pandemic on services and funding and sets out reforms to rail passenger services (franchises) as a result of the pandemic. The final section discusses the Williams Rail Review, initiated in 2018 and yet to report publicly, setting out the emerging conclusions and key questions to be answered.