Hull and Beverley are linked with Market Weighton, Pocklington, Stamford Bridge and York by the increasingly congested A1079. The Minsters Rail Campaign believes that the former 32-mile Beverley to York “Minsters” rail line (closed in 1965), which branched off the existing Hull-Scarborough line at Beverley and served these places, should be reinstated.
The track was closed in 1965 following recommendations in the Beeching Report two years earlier which results in approximately 6000 miles of railway lines being axed on cost and efficiency grounds.
Restoring the railway line between Beverley and York will contribute substantially to the long-term economic and social future of East Riding, improving public transport, reducing car dependency and encouraging sustainable development. Regionally, the line will contribute to the Government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ initiative and fulfil its promise to ‘Levelling Up’ the country by improving east-west connectivity between East and North Yorkshire.
In October 2021 a bid to restore a 40-mile direct rail route between Hull and York was given the green light by Government Ministers to move to the next stage. As a result, the bid received support from officials at the Department for Transport as well as funding for 75% of the cost of creating a business care, up to a maximum of £50,000.
Graham will continue to make the case on behalf of the residents of Beverley and Holderness to ensure they get the high-quality transport infrastructure they deserve.