New railway stations planned in bid to re-open lost Leicestershire line that shut 50 years ago


Rail fighters are pushing for the reopening of a passenger line that was shut down more than 50 years ago.

The old rugby to Leicester line was a victim of Beeching’s cuts in the 1960s when entire lines across the country were shut down.

Now, however, sustainable transport Northamptonshire would try to reconnect the old railway line and add two new passenger stations in Lutterworth, Cosby and possibly one more in Broughton Astley.

The route could also operate connections between Northampton and Nottingham, with the plan to link the Magna Park logistics center near Lutterworth.

The project envisages the railway line following its original location on the Great Central railway alongside the M1 motorway before joining the Birmingham to Leicester line near the existing Narborough station.

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The plans were presented to the government’s Restore Your Railway Fund, which is trying to restore lost rail links.

The proposals were submitted in the first phase of the fund, in which further funds are made available as part of an “ideas fund” to test the feasibility of the route. The idea was officially submitted in the final round of applications, which closed last Friday (March 5th). .

South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa has approved the plan.

He said: “These are extremely exciting plans to restore the historic Lutterworth Line between Leicester and Rugby and I am delighted to be supporting them.

The old line next to the M1

“Sustainable Transport Northamptonshire’s proposals would revolutionize the regional transport system in South Leicestershire and fulfill one of the main government goals in moving trucking to the much more sustainable rail freight network.”

He added: “The Lutterworth Line would bring tremendous economic and social benefits by connecting rugby, Northampton and Leicester. With a large station in Lutterworth and a village station for Cosby, my constituents could travel parts of the country more easily.

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“Again, this project would undoubtedly bring a significant amount of positive trade to this part of the county.”

Sustainable Transport Northamptonshire spokesman Harry Burr said: “We want to connect as many people as possible in the most environmentally friendly way possible. That is why we support this project.

“It reconnects a town of 10,000 people, Lutterworth, to the rail network without an existing rail link, and connects three large parishes. Northampton, Rugby and Leicester. “