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Minsters Rail Line moves a step closer.
The reinstatement of the Beverley to York rail line moved a step closer when members of the Minsters Rail Campaign met Rail Minister, Paul Maynard ,at Westminster last week. The Campaign has been working since 2001 to reinstate the line joining Beverley, Market Weighton, Pocklington , Stamford Bridge and Haxby to the national rail network at York.
The meeting at the Department for Transport was set up and attended by Beverley and Holderness Conservative MP Graham Stuart who is a long standing supporter of the campaign. Members received advice and encouragement from the Minister who said he was interested in the possibility that the line represents and was looking forward to getting a better understanding of where it sits within wider possibilities for the region.
The Minister recommended that the group continue with their campaign.
Graham Stuart offered to facilitate another meeting with the Local Enterprise Partnerships to discuss funding for a Business Case Study which would unlock central government funding to enable the project to be included in Network Rail plans for 2019-2024.
Campaign chairman Peter Hemmerman said, “meeting the minister was a great opportunity - and I felt it was a positive and productive meeting. I am confident that the line will be built within the next few years and will bring massive benefits for the region and significant improvement in everyday travel for residents and visitors alike: we are indebted to the Rail Minster for his time and enthusiasm and to Graham Stuart and Roy Begg at the Beverley and Holderness Conservative Association for their help and support. ”
Mr Hemmerman added- : “ it’s important for people to understand that this project is not in competition with road improvements - and that the feasibility study must show that the project will bring greater economic benefits than it costs; the study conducted in 2005 showed conclusively that it would; we are confident that the updated study will bolster the case for drawing down central government funding for the project through Network Rail”.
Earlier in October Transport Minister Chris Grayling said that the key criteria for determining if a rail project should go ahead were whether it would ease congestion and open up economic development or housing opportunity.”
The Transport Minister added “ I think we need to focus on smaller projects:- we can generate more bang for the buck with simple rail schemes”.
The Minsters Rail Campaign are confident that this project is in line with these aims. 

This is the webpage of the Minsters Rail Campaign. Our aim is to see the former rail link between York and Beverley reopened with new stations at Stamford Bridge, Pocklington and Market Weighton ideally placed to suck traffic off the congested A1079 (see story   below) and A166 roads.

Our case for re-opening document can be found here and a map of the proposed route can be found below.

We are a voluntary organisation reliant on donations (both time and money) and appreciate any help we can get.

The committee consists of:

Peter Hemmerman - Chair

David Pennie - Secretary

Tony Ross - Treasurer

Keith Clayton - Webmaster.


22 November 2013, from Hansard written answers

Railways: Construction

Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will impose a moratorium on building on disused railway paths. [176085]

Stephen Hammond: Network Rail's land disposals are regulated and monitored by the independent Office of Rail Regulation through a condition in its network licence. The purpose of the licence condition is to protect land that may be required for the future development of the rail network, and to prevent the disposal of that land against the public interest.

The Government's National Planning Policy Framework states that local planning authorities should identify and protect, where there is robust evidence, sites and routes which could be critical in developing infrastructure to widen transport choice.



Joining the campaign costs £10 per year or £50 for life. You can download a membership form here 




Fifty years ago the last passenger trains operated over the Minsters line and a valuable link with the national rail network was lost. The decision was very borderline and it has been suggested that in fact mistakes were made and the line should have remained open.

We cannot undo the past but the Minsters Rail Campaign believe that the re-opening of the line will be beneficial for the local area. Just this week we heard that a journey along the last 9 miles of the A1079 towards York was undertaken at an average speed of 8 mph. With more houses being built and subsidy cuts to local bus services being made the case for the railway looks stronger than ever.

The first stage to re-open the line must be to get the 2005 positive Feasibility report updated and the MRC is trying to get councils, MPs and major local players lined up to approach the Local Enterprise Partnership for a multi-modal A1079 corridor study to study the problem and come up with a long-term solution. Shorter term safety improvements must be made to the A1079 but a long-term vision is needed.

Unfortunately we are still trying to get meaningful support from Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire councils although MPs are starting to see the sense in this idea. The MRC remain commited to this idea and welcome any support from members and interested supporters.

An excellent artilce in the York Press can be found here: http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14108911.ALL_ABOARD__Is_there_hope_for_the_York_to_Beverley_rail_line_50_years_after_it_closed_/




We have received a clarification from Ian Burnett  of ERYC on road usage figures for the area. The figures are taken from Automatic Traffic Counters (ATC), which are permanent loops in the road.  The ATC between Market Weighton and Pocklington is located just east of Hayton dual carriageway and the ATC between Pocklington and York is located at Kexby.

Ian confirmed that 26,000 was the net figures mentioned at the meeting (expected A1079 use around 2029).

The following are 12 hour (0700-1900) two-way traffic flows:

  • Market Weighton to Pocklington (just east of Hayton dual carriageway) - 14,223
  • Pocklington to York (Kexby)                                                                     - 14,457
  • A166 (Stamford Bridge)                                                                             - 6,872

We have applied a quick bit of maths by dividing 14,457 by twelve to get an hourly number passing the Kexby counter of 1205 vehicles per hour or around 20 vehicles in an average minute.













The proposal to electrify the existing estuary route to Hull and to improve journey times to around one hour are the key aims of Hull and ERYC. The Northern franchise ITT is likely to specify an hourly service over this route as well. This addresses part of the MRC business case.

The councils do not have the funding to finance a further study. The power to do this now lies with the Local Enterprise Partnerships who have the funds and the ear of local government. We sensed some frustration from councillors on this state of play.

Graham North (NYCC/Ryedale) suggested we need to go right back to basics. The only way a LEP will fund a project is for it to have a more robust business case. To get to the business case you have to persuade them the study is worth doing. Instead of a rail study, Graham suggests a corridor study to fully understand the needs of the communities and businesses in the corridor (and he was keen for us to note the best solution may not involve building more railway). Graham pointed to the Harrogate electrification study as an example of good practice.

Symon Fraser (ERYC) doubted the funding would ever be raised. Ian Burnett (ERYC officer) said the A1079 could cope with predicted levels of traffic to 2029 [and then?]. There are further improvements due in the next few years: limited doubling and new roundabout near Market Weighton.

James Alexander (CYC) suggested contacting LEPs to see if they were interested in funding a corridor type study, perhaps convening a meeting with the three local LEPs and local MPs as a way forward. Pete Hemmerman (MRC) is to consider this as next step. 

All parties agreed they supported the project and would be prepared to meet after Minsters Rail Campaign had contacted the LEPs.

It was noted that the 'Northern powerhouse' aspirations of the current government, the One North and Rail North bodies and policy changes in the forthcoming years may all affect the projects - Cllr Stephen Bayes (Hull) encouraged the Campaign to keep going whilst acknowledging this was a long-haul project. 


Here is an interesting table courtesy of the BBC 27/03/2013: highlights the benefits of being attached to the rail network rather well.

(ONS/Census 2011)
Average house price
(Halifax price index)
£202, 784
Tourist Information Centre  visits (2012)
(Harrogate Borough Council)
(Bradford Council)
Daily weekday rail services
(West Yorkshire Metro)
Annual station footfall
Approx. 1.3 million
(Northern Rail)





route map 1

 A map of the proposed route - the black line is the original line, the blue sections new build. Of the three routes into York the northern-most is currently the most likely to go ahead. 


Stamford bridge meeting pic















Site last updated on Monday 15th January 2018




Minsters Rail Campaign secretary David Pennie has had a letter published in Rail magazine re-inforcing the argument that the Minsters line would act as a second route into Hull should the Humber shoreline route not be available due to flooding.


We are hoping to feature on BBC television on the programme "Inside Out" when MRC member James Wilson will commute into York showing the difficulties he faces.


The cost of postage has meant that reuctanty the MRC has had to increase annual membership to £10. Life membership remains at £50.

Two year mebership is available for £17.50

yU can download a Membership Form here


Once the election is over the MRC plan to hold public meetings at Beverley, Pocklington and Market Weighton to  rise our profile.


Development has started on the site of  our proposed Pocklington station. Short sighted and a step back for the campaign.