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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).

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