Local MEP visits railway

Timothy Kirkhope, MEP, Yorkshire & the Humber meets Philip Benham, NYMR general manager, to discuss the restoration of Pickering Station's roof

Timothy Kirkhope, MEP, Yorkshire & the Humber meets Philip Benham, NYMR general manager, to discuss the restoration of Pickering Station's roof

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WHITBY’S representative on the European Parliament visited the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 21 February to check on the progress of a number of key developments.

Timothy Kirkhope, member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “I want to make sure that the interests of Yorkshire and the Humber are constantly heard in the European Parliament, by meeting with as many constituents as possible.

“In the case of the railway it is a major success story, playing a vital role in the local economy, and worthy of continued domestic and European support.”

The MEP, who is also chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists, took the time to view the progress of the restoration of the roof at Pickering Station, a £1.6million project that will restore the original 1843 design of the roof.

A new education centre and visitor centre have already been opened as part of the development, made possible by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the out-going regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward.

Discussions were also held on a number of issues from the impact of soaring coasts in fuel to how European grants will be sourced in the future following the coalition government’s decision to scrap regional development agencies.

The new Pickering Station roof is being constructed by Hull-based company Houghton and is expected to be completed by the end of March.