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Rail campaigners set to burn line petition
9:33am Tuesday 7th January 2014 in News
CAMPAIGNERS calling for council bosses in East Yorkshire to leave open the possibility of a rail line between York and Hull being reopened plan to burn a 10,000-name petition at a protest tomorrow.
The petition was compiled in 2005 by supporters of the reopening of the route, closed in the mid-1960s.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has said the scheme would not be possible during the timespan of the authority’s Local Plan, which runs to 2029, due to its expected cost and the land needed for the project may now be earmarked for housing instead.
Minsters’ Rail Campaign chairman George McManus said the burning of the petition at a demonstration before the council’s full meeting tomorrow would highlight “a total lack of vision and absence of ambition”.
The authority said including schemes which were not certain to be delivered by 2029 could lead to the Local Plan being thrown out by a Government planning inspector.
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