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News Release – Issued by The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Work begins at Whitby

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is delighted to announce that work has commenced on the second platform at Whitby Station. Last week Construction Marine Ltd (CML) started to unload equipment and site barriers in preparation of the work commencing on the second platform on Monday 3rd March 2014.

The scheme developed by the NYMR in partnership with Network Rail (and running under the NYMR’s project management) involves an investment of over £2m in Whitby’s railway facilities. The scheme is being supported by a £1.1m grant from the Round one of Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, and £850,000 from Network Rail.

Philip Benham, NYMR general manager said, “We are delighted that construction of the second platform at Whitby Station has finally commenced, and all the hard work behind the scenes has allowed us get to this exciting stage. We are most grateful to Network Rail for their continued support, along with our other partners, particularly station operator, Northern Rail and the Esk Valley Railway Development Company.

Once the additional platform is complete at Whitby Station this will enable us to increase the number of NYMR trains serving Whitby to cater for the growing popularity of its visitors to travel to and from the resort by heritage steam trains. Together with the £500,000 Local Enterprise Partnership loan recently made available for capital projects on our own railway this project reflects great confidence in the importance of NYMR to the local tourist economy.

Geoff Mortimer, Managing Director of CML Ltd said that “the company was absolutely delighted to be appointed Principal Contractor by NYMR for the Works on their major improvement programme at Whitby Station which, when completed, will greatly benefit not only the railway itself but also the communities it serves.”

Mark Tarry, area director for Network Rail, said: “This development is great news for passengers, allowing more services to run to Whitby. We are pleased to be working with NYMR to see that the work is completed with minimum possible disruption.”

Alan Williams, Chairman of the Esk Valley Community Rail Partnership, said, "This is an important further stage in the improvement of train services to Whitby that the community needs. The new second platform will provide greater capacity and we will continue to press North Yorkshire County Council to support additional services on the Esk Valley line, both for students and commuters wishing to get to Middlesbrough and to serve the new James Cook Hospital station which opens in April."

From the summer of 2014 the new platform will allow an increase from three to five in the number of NYMR trains a day to and from Whitby. The extra passengers on these trains should be a major boast to the local tourist economy, so vital to this region. The money will also deliver a package of enhancements to facilities for passengers at Whitby station for the benefit of all rail users, while the extra platform has the potential to enable more excursions trains to visit the resort.

The NYMR’s passengers (it carries more than any other steam heritage railway in the world) currently contributes over £30 million to the Moors and Coast economy each year and this scheme is expected to generate around 70 jobs locally and benefit the economy by around a further £6.5m yearly.

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) recently announced that the NYMR has secured a £500,000 interest free loan from the LEP towards a programme of capital investment projects on the NYMR itself between Grosmont and Pickering.

Barry Dodd, chairman of the LEP, said: "Improving travel connections across Yorkshire is a core component of the LEP's strategy for developing the region. Not only will this help businesses to attract and retain high quality employees, it also gives us a new opportunity to attract tourists who will be introduced to the area with the launch of The Tour de France later this year."


For further media information, images or photo calls please contact:

Danielle Ramsey
Marketing Manager – NYMR
Tel: 01751 473799 ext. 249


The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is open weekends in March, before daily service restarts on the 5 April until 2 November.

The NYMR is an independent charity which works to preserve and operate the railway between Pickering and Grosmont (with some trains running onwards to Whitby) as a successful volunteer led community organisation. It is entirely dependent on its members, its passengers and welcome occasional grants from funding bodies like the Coastal Communities Fund to achieve its aims.

Whitby station is owned by Network Rail and run by Northern Rail. The NYMR is working with both these partners, and the Esk Valley Railway Development Company.

Business to/from Whitby now accounts for over 50% of the NYMR’s passenger income

Work is planned for completion by around the end of June in readiness for the important summer holiday period

NYMR has also recently secured further loan capital to accelerate the programme of locomotive overhauls. It costs around half a million to overhaul the average steam locomotive every 10 years. While the railway has enough engines to meet their service needs, including some on long term hire, there are other engines that have now been awaiting their turn in the overhaul queue for a very long time.

The additional funding package negotiated with their main bank, Santander, will enable the NYMR to accelerate this programme, improving the availability of locomotives for the extended service operating to Whitby and bringing greater interest for their visitors.

The £24 million Coastal Communities Fund was launched in 2012 to provide coastal towns in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland with money to help pay for projects that can transform and diversify seaside economies.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland there are country specific boards who work with Big Fund, the non-Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund, to deliver the money. In England, the Department for Communities & Local Government works in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund to perform this role. The Big Lottery Fund has powers to deliver funding from non-lottery sources for charitable purposes or purposes connected with health, education or the environment.

The Fund will be equal to 50 per cent of the revenues generated by the Crown Estate’s marine assets. Based on the Crown Estate’s Marine revenues in 2010/11 (£47.4million) the overall fund will be worth £23.7million beginning in 2012. Funds can be used to support both capital and revenue projects and communities will be encouraged to match funds with other pots of money.

Twenty seaside projects in England will receive grants of up to £2.6 million each from the Coastal Communities Fund to use on projects that will deliver almost 4,000 jobs, support 250 new business start-ups and create more than 1,500 apprenticeships and 400 volunteering opportunities.

The money will be used for a variety of projects, such as schemes to provide skills training and advice plans to rejuvenate old heritage and leisure facilities and projects to help businesses embrace digital technology.