Rail revamp team on track with award win

Arthington Viaduct, built in 1846, carries the Harrogate-Leeds railway line from North Yorkshire across the River Wharfe into West Yorkshire. Below, the certificate is awarded (s)
Arthington Viaduct, built in 1846, carries the Harrogate-Leeds railway line from North Yorkshire across the River Wharfe into West Yorkshire. Below, the certificate is awarded (s)

The group leading the campaign for the electrification of the Leeds - Harrogate - York railway line this week scooped an award at the Rail Future conference.

Harrogate Line Supporters Group, run by Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce, was named Best New Group and commended in the Best Campaign categories.

Certificates for each award were presented to Brian Dunsby by the President of Rail Future, Christian Wolmar (s)

Certificates for each award were presented to Brian Dunsby by the President of Rail Future, Christian Wolmar (s)

The group was named the most effective new group in 2013, and commended for having the most effective campaign, and nominated for the awards by the Yorkshire branch of Rail Future.

Nominations were received in recognition of the group’s bid to achieve more direct trains between Harrogate and London as well as the electrification bid.

Chamber Chief Executive Brian Dunsby said: “I must take this opportunity of expressing my personal thanks to our Rail Adviser Mark Leving for all his voluntary support and guidance for our Group.

“Also thanks to our many supporters for their contributions in terms of comments, suggestions and research which helped to underpin the campaign.”

These were presented on Saturday November 2 at Railfuture’s annual conference in Oxford by rail writer and Railfuture president Christian Wolmar.

The official electrification bid was submitted to the government in October.

MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones is supporting the bid.

Contact the group at info@harrogateline.org