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Great Central Railway reveals design for next phase of 'reunification' project 

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Artists impression of reunification project (Image credit: Great Central Railway and Alan Hayward)

The project will create an eighteen-mile heritage line stretching from the north of Leicester to the south of Nottingham.

The Great Central Railway is preparing to submit a planning application for its Reunification scheme.

A new image has been released of the urban viaduct section, which will link the two halves of the Great Central Railway back together.

The project will create an eighteen-mile heritage line stretching from the north of Leicester to the south of Nottingham.

Listen to Malcolm Holmes, General Manager of the Great Central Railway, here

Malcolm Holmes, General Manager of the Great Central Railway, said: “We’ll be submitting our planning application in a matter of weeks, so we want to tell people about our plans. The new image shows a train running on the proposed viaduct. Originally we had expected to build an embankment around 300 metres long but the space we have available would have made that quite complex. Our new plan needs 100 metres of embankment, then 200 metres of viaduct. It should be slightly cheaper and simpler to construct.”

This section of railway will also include two steel bridge spans, one to carry the railway across a culvert, the other to take it over Railway Terrace road in Loughborough. The full designs will be included in the planning application along with the necessary reports.

 Malcolm Holmes, said: “After we have submitted our planning application we’ll need to spend around half a million pounds taking the design documents and turning them into construction and engineering blueprints. Those documents are essential - as is planning consent - before we can build again. While we have £2m already raised for the project, we want to protect as much of that fund as possible for actual building work. Our new appeal for half a million pounds is to fund the vital next steps and get this epic project ‘shovel ready.’ The more money we raise, the sooner we can build again and the more we can achieve.”

 Donations can be made online at gcrailway.co.uk/unify or via post with a cheque made payable to ‘David Clarke Railway Trust’ marked ‘Reunification’ on the back. Cheques can be sent to Lovatt House, 3 Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, Leics LE11 1SL.

Originally opened in 1899, the Great Central was a fast Victorian Main Line to London. It was closed in the 1960s by British Railways. Two sections have survived but five hundred metres of track between them was also removed.



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