Bid to get local MP on board with rail line developments

Whitby’s MP is being urged to get on board and help secure the future of a local railway line.

The county council is going to ask Robert Goodwill, now the transport minister, to lobby the government and ask it to support an increase in services on the Esk Valley line.

The franchise for the line, which is held by the Esk Valley Railway Community Rail Partnership, is due for renewal in 2016 and invitations for tender are set to be invited from December.

Representatives from the partnership say it is “crucial” to put the case forward now for the improvements they would like to see on the line.

They include early morning and late evening trains to allow people to commute to work or college in Middlesbrough, extensions to the Sunday services to help tourism in Whitby and a stop at the James Cook Hospital.

A progress report is set to be brought back to the northern area committee next month.