Amazon Looking At Benefits Of Plans To Re-open Ashby Railway Line

By Graham Hill

8th Dec 2019 | Local News

Amazon is showing interest in plans to reopen the Leicester to Burton railway line which runs through Ashby.

The worldwide online store has a depot at Coalville and says that reopening the Ivanhoe Line would be of benefit to its staff.

And the line run close to the North West Leicestershire Amazon centre.

There is a currently a major campaign to get the line up and running again after passenger trains stopped running to the Beeching Cuts in 1964.

And proposals supporting the line's revival have been finding increased interest since the beginning of this year, largely due to the efforts of the Campaign to Reopen the Ivanhoe Line (CRIL).

A spokesman for Amazon said: "We're aware of the proposal and would obviously be interested in potential alternative commuting opportunities for our Coalville team."

But it seems as though there is someway to go before Amazon's influence will be felt.

Representatives are yet to meet those responsible for the schemes and have not planned a meeting to assess the details.

A feasibility study, to see if the plans are realistic, could happen.

For the moment, only freight trains run on the line which, if it is reopened, would contact towns North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire, as well as Burton on Trent and Leicester.

But a new line could feature new stations at Leicester City's King Power Stadium, as well at Drakelow, Church Gresley, Moira, Ashby, Coalville and Ellistown.

     

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