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Disappointment for railway campaign
A long-running campaign to reopen a rail line in Leicestershire has suffered a setback.

People and businesses in the north west of the county have been lobbying for more than 10 years for the Ivanhoe line between Leicester and Burton Upon Trent to be reintroduced.

The Strategic Rail Authority has refused to back the idea saying it would not be a good use of tax payers' money.

The railway was closed in the 1960s.

Tourism industry

Local councils, the East Midlands Development Agency and the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce have all backed the plan.

They claim a reopening of the route would help boost local economies, tourism and regenerate the area.

Gordon Tracey from North West Leicestershire District Council said: "It is bad news.

"There are adequate north and south transport corridors within the area but the east to west transport corridor is poorly provided for.

"This would be a vital service to the villages of north west Leicestershire and indeed it would be of tremendous service to the tourist industry which is springing up around the National Forest.

The Strategic Rail Authority has refused to support the scheme claiming its focus is on improving the punctuality of existing services.

Campaigners say they will refuse to give up their fight and will lobby the Government for support.




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