PEAK RAIL ENTERS PARTNERSHIP TO EXPLORE RAILWAY REINSTATEMENT
Peak Rail is to explore the possibility of reinstating the line from Rowsley to Peak Forest, in partnership with a number of major quarry companies operating in the Peak District. The railway has said that it will be issuing a tender for bids “in the next few weeks” to examine the engineering and administrative feasibility of extending the line from its current northern terminus to Peak Forest, around five miles short of its long-held ambition of Buxton. PR Project Director Paul Tomlinson says: “This will principally be to provide a more direct route for the expanding stone traffic between the Peak District and the Midlands and the South of England, and to thereby relieve some of the busy passenger rail routes it currently follows. “The study would also look at any costs involved over the wider network and in continuing to cater for walking and cycling within the National Park.” Peak Rail currently operates over four miles between Matlock and Rowsley, and has long entertained hopes of extending northwards to Bakewell and beyond (see SR448).