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Grants for railway bridge appeal

An appeal fund to safeguard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has been boosted by two grants.

North Yorkshire County Council has given £300,000 to the campaign to replace the bridge between Goathland and Grosmont.

A further £100,000 has been donated by the European Union Leader programme, which helps rural communities.

A total of £610,000 has now been raised for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway's Bridge and Wheels Appeal.

The 18-mile railway line runs between the market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont.

It is among the most popular heritage steam railways in Britain, attracting more than 300,000 visitors every year.

John Fort, North Yorkshire County Council's executive member for highways and transportation, said the authority had been pleased to lend its support to the scheme.

"The council recognises the significant value of this heritage steam railway, both as an important transport artery, linking moors and coast, and as a significant contributor to the local tourism economy."

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