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Fresh hope that Spalding area residents could benefit from reopening of Deeping St Nicholas railway station as bid to go in for funding




Campaigners are hoped to be submitting a fresh bid for Government funding to reopen a disused South Holland railway station.

Littleworth station in Deeping St Nicholas closed in the 1960s and there have been previous attempts over the years to gain funding to reopen the site to passengers.

But there are now fresh hopes for Littleworth as the Government has allocated £500million to reopening historic lines and reconnecting towns.

Fresh hopes for the reopening of Littleworth Station in Deeping St Nicholas
Fresh hopes for the reopening of Littleworth Station in Deeping St Nicholas

Chairman of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum George Scott is working with South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes are working on a bid for funding.

He said: "John has written to Transport Minister Grant Shapps about Littleworth to highlight that it could do with reopening in order to reduce traffic congestion.

"I think this funding allocation is a good sign as it is first time I have heard a minister of transport come board with funding for disused railway stations but Network Rail need to be on board.

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum chairman George Scott.
Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum chairman George Scott.

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"We will need people to come together and help us."

Littleworth Railway Station opened in 1848 and for more than a hundred years served the area helping to transport both agricultural goods and passengers.

The station was closed to passenger traffic in 1961but remained open to goods traffic for another three years.

In 2003, a campaign was launched to reopen the station but unfortunately was not successful.

In January, the Government announced a £500 million kick-start fund to help with the restoration of lines closed more than 50 years ago to help isolated communities.


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