A TOWN councillor is backing a campaign to reinstate the “missing” rail link between Malton and Pickering.
Phil Trumper has launched a petition that he is hoping could draw the Department of Transport’s attention to the missing stretch of line.
If it was to be reinstated, the link could allow Whitby residents a direct rail link to York, and further afield. It would also open up Whitby to more visitors and so provide a boost to the local economy.
Coun Trumper said: “Mouchel did a study of the line in 2000 and at the time it was going to cost £18million. The line is still there and it wouldn’t be any problem, so it’s definitely feasible.”
The preliminary study by Mouchel noted that the original route still exists. Although a number of buildings and obstacles now stand in the way of the route, these difficulties could “reasonably be overcome”.
The route from Rillington Junction, on the York to Scarborough line, through Pickering onto Whitby was closed to passenger trains between Rillington and Grosmont on the Esk Valley line in 1965.
Coun Trumper has created a petition, which he is encouraging residents to sign. It is entitled Reconnect the Pickering to Malton Rail Link and can be found at epetitions.direct.gov.uk