November 29, 2012 - 05:05 PM
With increasing pressure on roads across the Peak District, and with many lines reaching capacity, it is time to re-open the Matlock-Buxton railway, which (prior to closure in the early 60s) was earmarked for electrification.
And, with St Pancras International the home to Eurostar (and the terminus for a reinstated Manchester-London (via Buxton and Derby) line, there is much scope for boosting business and tourism.
Imagine, being able to catch a train from Bakewell and travel to a business meeting in London, Paris or beyond? Or being able to welcome tourists from across Europe who would come to explore the Peak District without their cars?
Sadly, all we have at the moment along the former railway is another unnecessary cycle route, which people people have to drive to in order to enjoy car-free cycling! It would be funny if it wasn’t so ridiculous.
As for those who like walking and cycling, as I do, there are already hundreds of miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycle rout...
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