Weardale Railway Ltd gains approval to apply for DfT Restoration Fund

Weardale Railway

Good news! We've been granted approval from the Department for Transport to move forwards with the next stage in our application to the Restoring Your Railway Fund.

David Maddan, chief executive of The Auckland Project, said: “We are delighted to receive approval from the Department for Transport to develop our plans to transform the line.

“Our vision is to offer both heritage and passenger services on the whole line, providing improved access for communities and greater opportunities. This will help to boost the county’s offer to residents and visitors, and we look forward to working with Durham County Council and other partners to develop our ideas further.

“The announcement is the first step to this, starting a period of intense planning. It will be a year before any changes will be implemented. And, in the meantime, we will continue the project to re-open heritage services in 2022.”