Restoring Your Railway Fund

Supporting the restoration of rail passenger services and reopening of stations.

Investing in transport links is essential to levelling up access to opportunities across the country, ensuring our communities are better connected, local economies flourish and more than half a century of isolation is undone.

Published in 1963, the Beeching Report was followed by the closure of almost 2,500 stations and around 5,000 miles of track. Whilst most of the closures took place in the 1960s, some continued well into the 1970s. Many communities still remain isolated from the rail network following the closure of their local railway line or station more than 5 decades ago.

The Department for Transport launched a £500 million Restoring Your Railway Fund in January 2020. We invited MPs, local councils and community groups across England and Wales to propose how they could use funding to reinstate axed local services and restore stations.

The funding is split in 3 ways to offer support to projects at different phases of development:

Ideas Fund

This provides support to proposals to reinstate axed local services. These should be sponsored by MPs working with local authorities and community groups.

Advanced proposals

As well as looking for new ideas, the £500 million fund will be used to help accelerate the development of closed lines and stations which are already in the process of being considered for restoration.

Proposals for new and restored stations

A new round of the New Stations Fund is supporting both the development of new stations and the restoration of old station sites.


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Published 19 February 2020
Last updated 17 November 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added news story on the reopening of the Dartmoor Line.

  2. First published.