Minsters Rail Campaign

About the campaign


Reinstating the Beverley to York line

Hull and Beverley are linked with Market Weighton, Pocklington, Stamford Bridge and York by the increasingly congested A1079. The Minsters Rail Campaign believes that the former 32-mile Beverley to York “Minsters” rail line (closed in 1965), which branched off the existing Hull-Scarborough line at Beverley and served these places, should be reinstated. This will contribute substantially to the long-term economic and social future of the East Riding, improving public transport, reducing car dependency and encouraging sustainable development. It will also be an alternative link from Hull and the East Riding to the rest of the rail network, needed because the existing rail infrastructure serving Hull lacks resilience. Regionally, the line will contribute to the Government’s “Northern Powerhouse” initiative, improving east-west connectivity between East and North Yorkshire. 

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The map below illustrates the scale of the issue in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

east Riding travel patterns

Aims of the campaign

  • To reinstate the line between Beverley and York

  • The Minsters Rail Campaign seeks to link East Yorkshire to the main rail network, giving people the choice of how they travel into and out of the area.


  • Connectivity: enhanced links to the national network going west, south and north

  • Resilience: developing a railway suited to future passenger and freight needs in the context of environmental and climate change   


  • The line will (re)connect Hull, Beverley, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Stamford Bridge, Haxby

Click here for the Minsters Rail Campaign Presentation to the ERTA (English Regional Transport Association) Conference at Milton Keynes, April 27th, 2019.

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