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Friday, 18 July 2008

Demonstration to ‘Save the Woodhead Tunnel’, Saturday 2nd August 2008, 2 p.m.

Today, we are reissuing details of our forthcoming demonstration with the Press Release we will be sending out on Monday.

Firstly, to remind you of the details:

: Saturday 2nd August 2008

Time: 2 p.m.

Place: Woodhead Tunnel, Western entrance (click here for a map, or see below)

The Press Release follows:

Campaigners working to 'Save the Woodhead Tunnel' are to hold a demonstration calling for the Government to re-open the historic Woodhead line.

Locals argue the reopened Woodhead railway line would help reduce transport greenhouse gas emissions and the demonstration is timed to coincide with the national Climate Camp to be held at Kingsnorth Power station in August.

Local activists argue the re-opened line would relieve congestion on local roads, boost the local economy and open up the area to tourists. The future of the tunnel has been in doubt since National Grid began routing cables through it earlier this year. Campaigners have received assurances from Secretary of State Ruth Kelly that the tunnel will only be preserved for rail use after 2010 IF the case is made for the route to be re-opened.

A spokesperson says:

"Here in Longdendale it’s all too obvious what’s wrong with the government’s transport policy. The A628,a road that passes through the Peak District National Park, is clogged with cars and heavy good vehicles, whilst planes from Manchester Airport spew out greenhouse gases overhead. Meanwhile one of the most modern railway tunnels in Britain stands empty.

We demand a sustainable transport policy with freight taken off the road and onto the railway and commuters taking the train rather than the plane. We want trains through the Woodhead Tunnel again!"

The demonstration will include a samba band, picnic and speakers and coincides with the Camp for Climate Action which is to be held from 3rd-11th August at the coal fired power station in Kingsnorth, Kent.

Wherever you are, please join us for the demo - we are especially keen to hear from people on the other side of the Pennines who wish to set up their own group. You are all welcome.

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