Graham Stuart MP: York To Hull Rail Great for the Region, Great for the CountrySat 28th October 2023
Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, is continuing the fight to create a new railway line between York and Hull.
Graham, alongside Hull MPs Dame Diana Johnson and Emma Hardy, was told by Rail Minister Huw Merriman in a meeting in Parliament last week that the proposed line remains under consideration.
Graham took the opportunity to press the case for the line, which would complete a loop removed in the Beeching cuts of the 1960s.
The proposed line received £50,000 in funding from the Government’s Restoring Your Railway and now the mission is to fund the next stage of study to establish usage and a route.
The recent cancellation of the Birmingham-Manchester leg of HS2 means transport projects in the North have a unique opportunity to get a hearing from Government, and Graham is making sure York to Hull is under active consideration.
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart said: “The Humber Energy Estuary is the driver of growth in the UK, and connecting the great university cities of Hull and York would light a rocket under our region.
“I want to see graduates of our world-class universities have well-paid jobs and clear career pathways to make staying in the Humber region the logical decision.
“The railway would make towns like Beverley a bigger part of the nation’s future, and I’m delighted that it remains on the Government’s agenda.”
Roy Begg of the Minsters Rail Campaign said, “Excellent news to hear Graham Stuart MP has been able to meet with Huw Merriman the rail minister to discuss the great opportunities and potential/benefits of the York to Hull railway.
“We believe the work completed to date, and support of MPs from all parties and local authorities shows the belief in the project and importance of the railway to the region.”