Harrogate-Ripon- Northallerton
Opened 1848 Company Leeds & Thirsk
Closed 1969 Miles
Cost £40-58.5m BCR 1.04-1.22
Info

For some years, the Ripon Railway Reinstatement Association campaigned for the restoration of rail passenger services to Ripon. In 1998, it commissioned a feasibility study to provide an initial forecast of potential demand for a passenger service from Harrogate.

In April 2003, the former lines between Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk or Northallerton were identified as candidates for reopening in the Countryside Agency publication Railway Reopenings: An Audit for Yorkshire and the Humber. Six months later, JMP Consultants Ltd were appointed to investigate the case for restoring a service between Harrogate, Ripon and Northallerton or Thirsk.

In 2016, the reopening was included in North Yorkshire County Council’s long-term plans to improve transport links across the county as part of a £210m scheme to create new North Leeds railway infrastructure. Delivery is not expected before 2030.

Support

Local and county councillors, NYCC, ATOC, reportedly high level of public support locally. LibDems keen. Network Rail thought to be supportive as a diversionary route.

Route Status

Much of the alignment remains intact although, since closure, some sections of line have reverted to agricultural use and development has taken place on the former trackbed in several locations. Along with others, one bridge over the A61 has been removed and the Ripon bypass made use of the alignment to the east of the town centre. Part of the trackbed is being converted into a foot and cycle path.

Project Status

The results of the 2003 feasibility study were relatively encouraging although the economic benefits were modest. The most attractive option was a single track route over which a half-hourly service from Leeds-Ripon would be operated. In 2004, a cost of £40-43m was identified.

In June 2009, the line appeared on a list of potentially viable reopens presented by the Association of Train Operating Companies.

It is believed that the association set up to campaign for the line to be rebuilt has been wound up, however there is a live website.

No campaign/project website Map showing start point Map showing finish point