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Steam railway in Mid Sussex receives cash boost

Bluebell Railway
The Bluebell Railway currently runs for nine miles

Plans to restore part of a steam railway in Sussex has received a cash boost to kick-start the project.

Mid Sussex District Council has agreed to fund £50,000 of the £3m needed for the Bluebell Railway scheme.

When finished, the project will allow passengers to travel between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park which at the moment is not possible.

The council said restoring the link would attract more visitors to the railway and boost the local economy.

'Significant boost'

The money from the council will be used to remove and relocate waste from a landfill site through which the railway line passes.

Further funding will be used to create new platform facilities south of East Grinstead Railway Station.

Councillor Garry Wall, council leader, said: "By linking Sheffield Park to East Grinstead there will be a significant boost to the retail, hospitality and heritage offered in the town."

The attraction, which currently runs for nine miles, provides steam railway travel within Mid Sussex.

It was connected to the National Rail network in 2009.

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