Funding agreed for second platform at Whitby Station
In a year of celebration for its 40th Anniversary the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is delighted by the announcement that our application for £800,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund for major development work at Whitby station has been successful.
In total a funding package of £1.4 million has now been secured for a package of major improvement work at Whitby Station. Network Rail has already agreed to provide £500,000 towards recreating a second track and platform at Whitby Station. The Coastal Communities money also opens the door to a further £100,000 from the Railway Heritage Trust to be spent on heritage improvements.
Philip Benham, General Manager explains:
“This is really exciting news, not only for NYMR, but also for the whole Whitby community. This is the ideal start to our 40th Anniversary year, and reflects growing success of our steam service now in its seventh year. It is also a hugely important boost for the Esk Valley railway line.
“The station is of course owned by Network Rail and run by Northern Rail. We look forward to working with both these partners, and the Esk Valley Railway Development Company to produce a station we can all be proud off.”
Alan Williams, chair of community rail partnership, the Esk Valley Railway Development Company, said:
“50 years ago in 1963 the Beeching report proposed the withdrawal of all trains to Whitby. Now half a century on, how fitting it is to see such a major expansion being announced. The investment is also a welcome vote of confidence in the long term future of the Esk Valley Line.”
From April 2014 the new platform will allow an increase from three to five in the number of NYMR trains a day to and from Whitby. The extra passengers on these trains should be a major boast to the local tourist economy, so vital to this region. The money will also deliver a package of enhancements to facilities for passengers at Whitby station for the benefit of all rail users, while the extra platform has the potential to enable more excursions trains to visit the resort.