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A VOLUNTEER group hoping to run train services on a line between Sheffield and Stocksbridge say they would require a £500,000 annual subsidy to cover costs.

But members of Don Valley Railway say the cost to the taxpayer would work out less per passenger than the average subsidy currently paid for local rail services.

The organisation estimates total operating costs of running a half-hourly service would be £1.5 million per year and that it would recoup £900,000 from ticket sales.

Don Valley Railway is currently continuing work to put together a business case for restoring passenger trains on the line.

The group has appealed for more volunteers to join.

Log on to www.donvalleyrailway.org for information.