Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership
Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership (MEMRAP) is a Derbyshire Dales based campaigning body, seeking re-instatement of 12 miles of rail between Rowsley and Buxton/Chinley: "The Peaks and Dales Rail Link". This protected and mostly unobstructed route offers good value to satisfy pent-up demand for:
- Freight: Higher productivity and lower emissions from direct southbound paths. From Buxton and Peak Forest quaries, limestone and aggregates go mostly to south of England construction sites.
- Passenger: Linking the East Midlands and North West economies, a shift to more sustainable public commuting and business travel
- Community, Leisure and Heritage: Integrated with a community/heritage transport model offering improved leisure and tourist access to both the Dales and the ever more popular Peak District National Park (PDNP)
MEMRAP wishes to acknowledge:
- the dedication of Peak Rail over many years to realise this project. MEMRAP seeks to align its own work with Peak Rails continuing efforts
- the popularity of the Monsal Trail which currently occupies nine miles of trackbed. It is a priority to review options to secure its future, ensuring it remains a permanent and appealing feature of the PDNP
- an introductory piece of research from the University of Derbys European Funded Low Carbon Project. The project offers fully funded support to SMEs in the D2N2 area, signposting improved environmental outcomes.