Sheffield rail line bid is on right track

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Plans to restore a Sheffield railway line bringing trains back to Stocksbridge and Deepcar would be economically sound, according to rail experts.

A report which explores the prospect of restoring the Don Valley Railway Line has found passenger numbers would be high enough to sustain a service.

Consultants working on behalf of the Don Valley Railway Project also outlined the benefits of the scheme in a hefty document which has been handed to Sheffield Council.

They said new links would drastically improve journey times to and from the city centre for residents of the Upper Don Valley, which campaigners say will bring benefits to thousands of people.

Group member Chris Bell is calling on Sheffield Council to back the project.

He said: “We’ve already presented a petition with 2,500 signatures and Stocksbridge Town Council is behind it.

“Such a development, a tram train or similar alternative would open up commercial and leisure opportunities.

“The consultants say in engineering terms it would require less subsidy from National Rail per passenger.”

Funding continues to cause a headache for the group and members have made a bid to the former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg who is running a scheme is offering cash to encourage innovation to ‘solve problems and improve city life’ in Europe.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for development, said: “At the moment we are considering a number of options. I will look at this report and look at the potential impact to decide which is best.”