Government funding to restore community rail links

The UK government is investing £32 million to develop and construct new rail stations in England and Wales, while 15 rail schemes are being awarded to accelerate plans to restore lines to communities including those closed during the Beeching cuts.

It is part of a wider £500 million 'Restoring Your Railway Fund' to develop proposals that level up transport links across the country.

Towns and villages across England, which were left isolated when their railways were closed, are one step closer to having their connections restored and transformed, as 15 projects are awarded up to £50,000 each to progress plans to reinstate historic stations and restore passenger services, as announced in the Spending Review.