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Minister backs railway campaign

The business secretary Lord Mandelson has backed a move to reopen the railway line between Beverley and York, campaigners have said.

George McManus, chairman of the Minsters' Rail Campaign, said Lord Mandelson had said he was delighted to support efforts to restore the line.

The business secretary gave his support to the project during a visit to Hull.

Reopening the line would result in faster journey times between Bridlington, York and Leeds.

Supporters believe it would also increase tourism in the areas.

A campaign started in 2001 to restore the line, which closed in 1965.

It has attracted the support of the East Riding Council and MPs, and the issue has been raised at Westminster.

Mr McManus said: "We are thrilled that Lord Mandelson is backing the campaign."



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