Transport secretary is the latest to back the Robin Hood Line plans

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Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said there is ‘every chance’ the Robin Hood railway line could be brought back into public use.

The MP recently visited the old station at Edwinstowe with Sherwood MP Mark Spencer where he gave his backing to the project.

If successful, it could see passenger services re-instated along the line incorporating stops at Edwinstowe and Ollerton for the first time since the 1950s.

The line itself is still in tact, and was still being used by Welbeck Colliery before its closure in 2010.

Mr McLoughlin said: “There’s every chance of it re-opening. We are investing a huge amount in the railways over the next four years.

“We are seeing schemes like this coming froward, and provided they are supported by the county council, they will attract local growth fund money and there’s every chance this line could be re-opened.

“The simple facts about the railways is that 20 years ago we were down to 750m journeys a year, and last year there was 1.6 billion, and it’s growing year on year.

“There’s more and more demands for these kind of services.”

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is the latest high-profile politician to back the re-opening of the Robin Hood line.

Most notably, Prime Minister gave his backing, as did chancellor George Osborne.

The line is operated by East Midlands Trains, and currently runs services between Worksop and Nottingham through Mansfield, Sutton, Kirkby, Mansfield Woodhouse, Shirebrook and Langwith.

It is envisaged that a portion of the hundreds of thousands of people who use Center Parcs would use the stops if they were opened at Ollerton and Edwinstowe.