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Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9014
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 12th December 2007
As visitors to this site who read the PWQ's section (click on http://www.savethetrain.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=4456.msg8231) will have noted , a political row is brewing over the Sheffield to Manchester Woodhead line , which shadows one of Britain's busiest rail routes and was taken out of service in 1981. The government has approved plans by National Grid to plant electricity cables in a tunnel in the Peak District , which would prevent the line from being reopened , campaigners say (link below.)
Graham Stringer , MP for Blackley , Manchester , expects more than 100 parliamentary colleagues to back his early day motion against the move. He said it would be "extremely difficult" to accommodate the millions of extra passengers on the railway by 2030 if disused lines were redeveloped. "If we are going to increase rail capacity we have to reopen lines like the Woodhead tunnel. Without doing that, we cannot reach any of the projections that the government is predicting."
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9386
Written by Lee on Friday, 11th January 2008
A demonstration is planned for Saturday (12/01/2008, link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9420
Written by Lee on Monday, 14th January 2008
The demonstration has been halied as a success (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9467
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 16th January 2008
From Save The Woodhead Tunnel :
[quote]This is to remind you all of our next meeting:
Date: Wednesday 16th January 2008
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Glossop Labour Club, 11-13 Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
We have lots to discuss following the demonstration on Saturday, plus our meeting with National Grid representatives today.
Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday.
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9493
Written by Lee on Thursday, 17th January 2008
A Radio 4 report on this can be found in the link below.
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9536
Written by Lee on Saturday, 19th January 2008
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9577
Written by Lee on Monday, 21st January 2008
The National Grid brochure detailing their plans can be found in the link below.
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9633
Written by Lee on Thursday, 24th January 2008
Further article link.
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9640
Written by Lee on Friday, 25th January 2008
From Save The Woodhead Tunnel (link below) :
[quote]We can reveal that National Grid have started work at Woodhead. The above photo shows that a compound and portakabins have been set up next to the Eastern portal at Dunford Bridge for the contractors who will be doing the work.
We were told by National Grid last week that work had started to set up this site last Monday, January 14th. We were also told that work to form a roadway will begin at the end of February, with work to install the cables commencing in June this year.
This is not a time for despair and resignation. This campaign was set up in haste and at the last minute against the background what should be viewed as a genuine potential threat to the environment and the future direction of transport infrastructure in the North West region, perhaps even the country.
We will continue to build our campaign to raise awareness and to act to prevent disaster. But we need your help...
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9721
Written by Lee on Monday, 28th January 2008
Ruth Kelly appears to be in difficulties over this issue (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9739
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 29th January 2008
The link below contains a compilation of speeches from the demonstration at Woodhead's western portal on 12th January, all taken from YouTube & all in the order they spoke on the day.
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/9872
Written by Lee on Monday, 4th February 2008
Latest Woodhead news (links below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/10156
Written by Lee on Sunday, 17th February 2008
An MP has called for the Woodhead Tunnel to form part of a high-speed rail link (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/10223
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 19th February 2008
Cat Hobbs (Campaign For Better Transport) has written a letter to Ruth Kelly asking her to do a cost benefit analysis of different options for the Woodhead tunnel (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/10266
Written by Lee on Thursday, 21st February 2008
There will be a demonstration at Salford Central station tommorrow (22/02/2008) to coincide with the ceremonial re-opening by both the Secretary of State for Transport, Ruth Kelly, and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hazel Blears, who is also the local MP for Salford (link below.)
Time: 12.00 p.m. (for 12.30 p.m.)
Place: Salford Central Railway Station, New Bailey Street, Salford, M3 5ET
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/10330
Written by Lee on Sunday, 24th February 2008
Salford demonstration video link.
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/10367
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 26th February 2008
Campaigners fighting to secure Woodhead new tunnel for future railway use have been asked to contribute to the consultation process on a key government White Paper,
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/10388
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 26th February 2008
Hillsborough MP Angela Smith has met with transport secretary Ruth Kelly to press for the threatened Woodhead Tunnel to be retained for future rail development (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/10696
Written by Lee on Monday, 10th March 2008
Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly will be answering questions about the Woodhead Tunnel in the House of Commons tomorrow (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/10763
Written by Lee on Friday, 14th March 2008
FOI request for information regarding details of meetings and correspondence relating to meetings between National Grid and Ministers/Civil Servants at the DfT regarding proposals to use the Woodhead tunnels for cabling, and in particular the meeting held on or around 20th December (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/10852
Written by Lee on Sunday, 16th March 2008
A government minister has said the possibility of reopening the trans-Pennine rail route through the Woodhead tunnels was being considered (link below.)
Doncaster MP Rosie Winterton, who is the Transport Minister, said the Woodhead Tunnel in would be maintained for possible use :
[quote="Rosie Winterton"]"We don't have studies that say we would need a whole new route at the moment.
"There are something like three routes across the Pennines that there is the potential to use.
"But in the meantime what I will be doing is meeting with National Grid (the tunnel's owners) to look at their plans, to make sure that if necessary, if we needed to reuse the tunnels, how we could do that, how we could make sure that they are properly maintained in the meantime."[/quote]
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/11030
Written by Lee on Monday, 24th March 2008
Latest Woodhead links.
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/11031
Written by Industry Insider on Tuesday, 25th March 2008
[i]"Under the government
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/11032
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 25th March 2008
A cynic would suggest that the choice of the nearby Penistone line for the tram-train trial may be related to the flak from Woodhead (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/11040
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 25th March 2008
The latest press release from Save The Woodhead Tunnel pretty much agrees with Industry Insider (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/11364
Written by Lee on Monday, 7th April 2008
Save The Woodhead Tunnel have a new PO Box address (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/11649
Written by Lee on Friday, 18th April 2008
It doesnt look like "victory" to Save The Woodhead Tunnel (link below.)
Re: Woodhead Tunnel Row - 4949/11998
Written by Lee on Monday, 28th April 2008
Government response to petition on the PM's website :
[quote="PM's Office"]No current proposals for tunnels on the Woodhead route stop them from being re-opened for future rail use, if they are needed.
The Rail White Paper, published in July 2007, identified the need for more passenger capacity across the Pennines. It concluded that this could best be met by longer trains and faster journey times on the Manchester to Leeds via Huddersfield route. The White Paper did not identify any need for substantial extra trans-Pennine capacity for freight.
The Minister of State for Transport, Rosie Winterton, proposes to meet National Grid in the next few weeks to confirm that the Government would wish to explore further the option of continuing the inspection and maintenance regime for the Victorian tunnels once National Grid have vacated them.
Following that meeting, she would also like to meet key stakeholders to gain the transport industry and northern economic perspectives on the issue of TransPennine transport and how that will tie in with the process of developing a longer term strategy. This will be conducted as part of the process outlined in the document - Towards a Sustainable Transport System (TaSTS).[/quote]
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