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Sherwood MP Mark Spencer welcomes extension to Robin Hood Line between Shirebrook and Ollerton

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An MP has welcomed the government's commitment to extending the Robin Hood Line.

In plans released in today’s Integrated Rail Plan, the government announced the extension of the Robin Hood Line, and the construction of the Maid Marion Line.

Mark Spencer, Sherwood MP, has been campaigning for the extension of the Robin Hood Line since his election in 2010.

Ollerton Train Station pictured in 1955. Sourced from signalboxes.com (53171175)
Ollerton Train Station pictured in 1955. Sourced from signalboxes.com (53171175)

The Robin Hood Line Extension proposes the line be extended between Shirebrook and Ollerton, bringing more investment to the region — boosting jobs and reducing emissions. The planned line will also stop at Edwinstowe.

Mr Spencer has been joined in his campaign by Nottinghamshire County Council leader Ben Bradley MP and MP for Bolsover Mark Fletcher.

During the 2019 General Election, the campaigning for the Robin Hood Line Extension formed part of Mr Spencer’s plan for Sherwood.

Mark Spencer. (16214192)
Mark Spencer. (16214192)

The Robin Hood Line Extension is part of a regional connectivity package for the Midlands announced this morning by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The Integrated Rail Plan will also seek to improve public transport use and, in turn, reduce emissions by decongesting local roads.

The extension of the Robin Hood Line joins a slate of investment in North Nottinghamshire’s transport infrastructure, including improvements to the A614 and the investment in pothole repair technology the county council.

Mr Spencer said: “The government is committing today to exploring the Robin Hood Line. This is genuinely fantastic news for North Nottinghamshire, the Midlands and Sherwood.

Ollerton Train Station pictured in 1903. Sourced from signalboxes.com (53171172)
Ollerton Train Station pictured in 1903. Sourced from signalboxes.com (53171172)

“I have always said the extension of the Robin Hood Line will bring with it jobs and investments for Edwinstowe and Ollerton. North Nottinghamshire as a whole has a whole lot of untapped potential that is waiting for the investment.

“We have tourism, high-skilled jobs and businesses and some most impressive levels of investment in our transport system. Frankly, there has never been a better time to live in North Nottinghamshire.

“With the government exploring their options, this project will perfectly compliment the improvements to the A614 I secured earlier in the year. These improvements are hopefully going to begin within the next 24 months, once the planning permission has been sought.

“For businesses and families in Ollerton and Edwinstowe, this is really amazing news, opening up opportunities across the county, and the whole of the Midlands.

“The fact that this has been announced as part of the Integrated Rail Plan really gets to the heart of what the Robin Hood Line has been all about — providing connectivity to rural areas and ensuring that businesses and families have the opportunity to reach out into Nottinghamshire, the Midlands and the United Kingdom.

“I look forward to working with Ben Bradley and Mark Fletcher, as well as my Ministerial colleagues to get this over the line.”

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