Scheme gets on track to boost Wolds tourism

THE burgeoning tourism industry in the Yorkshire Wolds could soon have more assets under plans to create a heritage railway and visitor centre on the former Malton to Driffield line.

Yorkshire Wolds Railway is seeking planning permission to lay just under a mile of track and create a visitor centre on the B1248 near Wetwang, close to the old Sledmere and Fimber station.

The group has already secured £40,000 from the European Union Leader Fund towards the £80,000 cost of the centre, which would include a wooden railway platform, a car park, and exhibitions about the history of the line and plans for its future.

The centre could be built by the end of March next year, paving the way for the operational track to be costed and financed.

The plans are subject to public consultation until March 16, and the group is urging supporters to write to East Riding Council to back the scheme.

The tourism potential of the unspoilt Wolds is only just being realised.

Artist David Hockney has generated international interest in the area and is working with Welcome to Yorkshire to create a Hockney Trail to guide visitors through the landscapes he painted.