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Rutland MP Alicia Kearns idea to better connect Oakham with Kettering, Corby, Stamford, and Peterborough

Rutland MP Alicia Kearns has welcomed a provisional contribution of £4,000 ‘in principle’ to see if rail services in the county can be improved.

The Welland Valley Rail Project hopes to better connect Rutlanders with Kettering, Corby, Stamford, and Peterborough, if is is feasible and in the best interests of Rutland.

No decisions have been made yet, and the £4,000 which would come from Rutland County Council will only be spent if central government agrees to fund 75 per cent of the feasibility study.

Oakham Railway Station
Oakham Railway Station

Mrs Kearns (Con), said she was delighted at the council’s backing, adding: “Together we are committed to delivering improved transport options for Rutlanders.

“Too often, we are forgotten, and we don’t receive the level of transport investment that we need, and that’s why I’ve been working with colleagues to investigate whether a new rail line is right for Rutland.

“It is absolutely right that we undertake a feasibility study to assess whether there is a viable route, and where an additional station would best be located in Rutland.

“No decisions have been made, but we must investigate this possibility.”

Mrs Kearns has been consulting constituents on their support for an additional train station in Rutland. Currently more than two-thirds of responses support re-opening Luffenham train station or a new line and station.

Once the feasibility study is complete, she will consult again with residents.

A decision on this application will likely be made within six months, and funding is dependent on a successful bid.

All potential routes and locations for a station and associated infrastructure will be investigated, not
just the former route and location.

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