Branch Line Britain - celebrating Britain's minor railways


On this page you find details of ongoing campaigns to either reopen closed branch or other lines, or to save branch lines threatened with closure.

If you would like us to include your campiagn here, please e-mail us.

Cast Iron - A community rail scheme to reopen the Cambridge - St Ives branch

East West Rail Project - A scheme to regenerate the railway lines between Felixstowe in the east and Oxford in the west, with the reinstatment of track between Sandy and Bedford

Peaks and Dales Railway - A campaign to rejoin the lines from Matlock in the south to Buxton as well as upgrade to klines in the Buxton area.  

Portishead Railway Group - A campaign to restore passenger trains to the Bristol - Portishead line, most of which has recently been reopened for freight traffic

Shakespeare Line Promotion Group - A campaign to reopen the six miles of track between Stratford-Upon-Avon and Long Marston and onto Honeybourne 

Skipton East Lancashire Railway Action Partnership - A campaign to reopen the railway line between Colne in Lancashire and Skipton in Yorkshire as a Trans-Pennine route

The Wealden Line - A campaign to reopen the line between Uckfield and Lewes in East Sussex

The Wensleydale Railway Association - a membership body which campaigns for the reinstatement of the railway from Northallerton to Garsdale.

The Woodhead Route - A campaign to save the Woodhead Tunnel from closure and to reopen the railway route between Hadfield and Pennistone


Stirling to Alloa  to Kincardine - Reopened in June 2008

Airdrie to Bathgate - Reopened in December 2010