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Press conference report - the issue of the Monsal Trail being re-opened as the London-Derby-Manchester railway.

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Geography - Miss Chant Cheryl Samuels 13F Press Conference Report On Monday 29th September a press conference was held to discuss the issue of the Monsal Trail being re-opened as the London-Derby-Manchester railway. The Monsal Trail is a much-used footpath running through main parts of the peak district park, it runs for 8.5km. The railway track was last in use in the 1960s. Here is what different committees in and around the Derbyshire and Peak District areas said. Railtrack put forward the argument that it would solve a lot of transports problems. At present only 2% of people use public transport and they suggest that this is due to poor links. It is believed that tourism will soon replace agriculture as the main source of income in this area and therefore there needs to be better access. The benefits of re-opening the railway: * That it will relieve congestion on the road * Introduce new jobs into the area both making and running the railway * Faster inter-regional links It is recognised that the Peak District is an area of natural beauty and they have said they will try to conserve it. ...read more.

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It would be very difficult to replace the Monsal Trail because it is a flat, even, hard track linking historic and ecological areas. They stated that the loss of the trail is not an acceptable price to pay for a railway. Bakewell Town Council are one of the few, which are very much for the re-opening of the London-Derby-Manchester railway. Bakewell is a honey-pot area for tourists, who bring in lots of cars and coaches; it is believed that the trains will reduce the amount of traffic pollution and congestion in and around Bakewell. In a survey taken in Bakewell, 96% of the people who answered agreed that it would be a good idea to re-open the railway. Also it would help when Bakewell holds festivals such as the annual Arts Festival. The railway would also bring more jobs and more income into Bakewell. It was also suggested that steam trains could be used so it wouldn't be such an eyesore to the Peak District and as an extra attraction. ...read more.

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The British Mountaineering Council are against because the Peak District is a safe and challenging area for mountain sports and if the rail were to be re-opened then they would find it difficult to find new, safe areas which are just as challenging. The Quarry Owners are for the rail being reopened because it would run very close to the Quarry. It would link the North West of the country with the East Midlands. It would provide a good condition route for the transport of the limestone and take pressure off the roads which are unfit for the large lorries which are forced to use them. Also it would create more jobs for locals. In conclusion there are 3 committees for re-opening the rail and the remaining 6 are against. Re-opening the rail would disrupt far to many people and make the Peak District a less desirable place to visit which would in turn decrease business, tourism and income in and around the area. It would only benefit a minority of people and the income they would receive I don't think would replace that which would be lost. ...read more.

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