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City Valley Rail Link

We want to see a commuter rail link restored between Rawtenstall and Manchester.  In 2022 the local authorities where the link would make such a positive impact have been exploring the rationale for a new ‘City Valley Rail Link’ which will operate a rail link running from Rawtenstall, via Ramsbottom, Bury and Heywood and onwards into Manchester Victoria.  Our preferred option is for a rail service spread across two phases of work.  In phase 1 we will use the existing heritage rail line between Rawtenstall and create a new rail platform at Bury Market Street station.  In phase 2 we will use the existing heritage line between Bury (Market Street) via Heywood into Manchester Victoria. 

We have explored a number of potential solutions working with world renowned rail experts Systra, and we are confident this option provides a strong economic case for a new rail link, which would deliver real benefits to residents across Rossendale, Ramsbottom, Bury and Heywood.

You can find an overview of the concept, an assessment of its viability, a technical summary of the key infrastructure issues and a summary of the detailed business case which was submitted to HM Government for funding in Autumn 2022 by clicking on the link below:

Rail Brochure

The technical detail of the economic case and technical appendices for the business case are available on request.  We would hope to have a response from Government on funding for the next stage of work in 2023.