Transfer of Weardale Railway confirmed

Earlier this month Trustees of the Weardale Railway Trust received notification that the Transport & Works Act 1992 process had concluded and transfer of the Weardale Railway between Bishop Auckland and Eastgate had passed to the new operating company Weardale Railways Limited, part of the Auckland Project.


This is welcome news for the Weardale Railway and Weardale Railway Trust which has seen delays caused by the global pandemic and progress limited on the railway whilst Act was concluded. We would like to thank those involved working behind the scenes to bring the transfer to fruition.


Richard Holden MP shared the notification via his Facebook page expressing how excited he was to be supporting The Auckland Project with this heritage project alongside colleague Dehanna Davison MP. This in addition to an earlier announcement of Durham County Council to match financial investment in infrastructure along the line is welcome news for the future.


The Weardale Railway Trust will continue to work and support the new operating company to develop plans to reintroduce the popular heritage service between Stanhope and Bishop Auckland in 2021 which has been operated by trained volunteers since 2014.

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