Ambitious plans to re-open a section of the Robin Hood Line has been given the backing of Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Re-opening stops at Edwinstowe and Ollerton, which both closed to passengers in the 1950s, is the aim of local MP Mark Spencer who has enlisted the help of the Conservative leader to help the plans become a reality.
Mr Cameron said: “Improved rail infrastructure is a vital element of the Government’s long term economic plan to create jobs and secure a better future.
“I know Mark Spencer has been lobbying the Department of Transport to help fund an improved Robin Hood Line with new stops at Edwinstowe and Ollerton.
“Mark has now brought the case straight to Number 10 and having discussed the potential of the extended track I have to say it is a great idea. It would provide a great boost for business and tourism and Sherwood Forest attractions like Centre Parcs could really benefit.”
Mark Spencer added: “The campaign for an extended Robin Hood Line continues at full steam ahead.
“I am delighted the Prime Minister has now been recruited to the cause.
“It shows that the very top of Government is listening to needs and aspirations of Edwinstowe and Ollerton residents.”
The Government has already provided £6.5m for a new station at Ilkeston and Mr Spencer hopes a similar investment could be announced for the Robin Hood Line.
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.
Center Parcs CEO Martin Dalby has publicly backed the blueprints, while Christine Ford, of the Ollerton Economic District Forum, added: “It’s fantastic that the Prime Minister is getting involved with the Robin Hood Line and showing an interest.
“The plan would bring jobs and opportunities to an isolated area that really needs the investment.”