Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, has welcomed news that plans to extend Elsecar Heritage Railway have taken an important step forward.
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council has approved plans for barriers and other road safety measures at two of the line’s crossings at Tingle Bridge Lane, Hemingfield and Smithy Lane, near Cortonwood.
The decision is a major boost to efforts to re-open the whole two-mile stretch of line from Elsecar to Cortonwood. At present, the line is effectively in three sections.
Elsecar Heritage Railway now needs to secure the approval of the Office of Rail and Road for rail safety system under the next stage of the project.
Mr Dugher said: “As a patron of Elsecar Heritage Railway, I’m delighted it has cleared this important hurdle towards extending the line.
“Andy Earl and everyone involved with the Railway have worked really hard. I know there are exciting plans for the future and I wish Elsecar Railway every success and hope work on the extension is completed soon.
“We can all be really proud of Elsecar Heritage Railway: a wonderful piece of history and one of our top attractions today here in Barnsley.”
Rev Andrew J Earl CF, Chairman Elsecar Heritage Railway commented: “The board are delighted with this significant development following two years of preparatory work. The opening of the crossings will enhance the offer to our customers”