Keith is currently engaged in a privately-run commercial project aimed at
re-instigating up to c20 miles of railway line primarily for freight and business use although there is the potential of operating passenger services where demand is appropriate. The line is
linked to the West Coast mainline at Stoke with the critical piece of restoration required between Stoke and Leekbrook. Apart from commercial efficiency for the prospective clients, the project
will have considerable environmental value by taking heavy traffic off the local roads. The project is at the stage where investment capital is being sought to initiate the reconstruction of
the line. Moorland & City Railways (MCR) is also seeking support for public funding through the 'Restore Your Railway Fund' introduced by the Government at the beginning of this
The line offers numerous additional opportunities for commercial and public use.
Part of the line is currently used by Churnet Valley Railway (CVR), a heritage railway (picture), and they are working on the opportunity for them to
expand their network, initially to Leek.
The Government has offered a c£500m Fund to restore railway lines that were cut during the Beeching Review and other times. Moorland
& City Railways Limited has submitted a bid to the "Ideas Fund" second tranch (May 2020) to restore the 10 miles from Stoke to Leekbrook and thence access to Leek, restoring the railway stations
as part of the proposal. A First Tranch shortlist has recently been announced by Grant Shapps.