Reconnection plan steams on

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PLANS to reconnect an historic steam railway to the national network could become a reality shortly.

Volunteers who run the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway want to create a link to Skipton which would mean people living in Leeds and Bradford could travel by rail to the tourist hotspot.

It will cost up to £2m to reconnect the Embsay line at Embsay junction with the Swinden quarry link, a distance of about 100 yards, reconstructing the second platform at Bolton Abbey and rebuilding the pedestrian bridge to link both platforms. After Easter work is to start on rebuilding the Skipton-bound platform – an essential first step before the link can be constructed.