We are delighted to announce that our proposals for a visitor centre and heritage railway line have received planning approval from East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The decision was made by planning officers using delegated powers on Thursday 17th May. Local Councillors and businesses say that the Yorkshire Wolds Railway will add to an increasingly diverse tourism offer in the Yorkshire Wolds, with nearby attractions including Sledmere House, Wharram Percy mediaeval village, and long-distance walking and cycle routes.
Peter Dymock, Chair of The Yorkshire Wolds Railway, said “This is an exciting step forward in our plans to reinstate part of the former Malton to Driffield line. Heritage railways are popular tourist attractions around the country, making a significant contribution to their local economies, and we hope that our project will play a similar role for East Yorkshire. The local roads are well used by people heading to places like York, Scarborough, Eden Camp and the North Yorkshire Moors, and if our project can persuade some of those people to spend a little more time in the Wolds then that can only be of benefit to local businesses and tourist attractions.”
The first stage of the plan is to build a car park and wooden railway platform, enabling visitor
s to access carriages and vans sited on a short length of track. These will contain exhibitions about the history of the line and the plans for the future. The Railway has secured funding from the European Union LEADER fund, which paid for a professional feasibility study and will contribute towards the cost of visitor centre. Now that planning permission has been secured, other sources of funding become available and are being pursued. The operational track, heading towards Wetwang for just under a mile, and also covered by the new planning permission, will be the second phase and will be built once further funding is secured.
The Railway is currently looking to attract new members and volunteers. Karen Robson, Membership Secretary, said “This is a great time to join us as we have a really busy and exciting year ahead. Not only will we soon start work on th
e new visitor centre, but we also organise a variety of social and fundraising events throughout the year. New members are always welcome and there are plenty of ways to get involved.”
Details of the Visitor Centre plans are available on East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning portal. Follow t
his link, or go to http://www.eastriding.gov.uk/newpublicaccess/ and search for application reference 12/00434/STPLF.