More On The Railway Plans – A Letter From The National Trust

I’ve just had this sent to me with a request to circulate it so here goes:

Dear Friend of Longshaw

As you may be aware Network Rail is proposing development of the Hope Valley rail line at Longshaw Estate. The Trust supports in general improvements to the public transport network where these do not have unacceptable environmental, social and amenity impacts. However, we have serious concerns with the potential impacts of the current proposal on the special nature of Longshaw including its ancient woodlands, intimate landscape and people’s experience of it. We are also not convinced that this is the only place to achieve the aims of Network Rail’s scheme. If you have views on the proposals there is a public consultation open until 6 December. Details of the proposals and the consultation can be found on Network Rail’s web site here:

Please find below a link to a copy of a Network Rail leaflet describing the Scheme from their perspective. Most of the impacts are on the Trust’s Longshaw Estate, the rest are on land adjacent to it.

Dore and Grindleford leaflet1 (PDF)

Thank you for giving this your attention and we hope that a solution can be found that does not damage the special nature of Longshaw that we all care deeply about.

Kind regards

Jon Stewart

General Manager, Peak District

National Trust

Mobile- 07823 536097

Postal address- Edale End, Hope, Hope Valley, S33 6RF

Land lines- Edale office- 01433 670902; Ilam office- 01335 350503; Longshaw office- 01433 631757