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North Yorkshire fracking plan considered again

The proposed site is close to Kirby Misperton Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

An application to frack for shale gas at a site in North Yorkshire will be considered again by county councillors today.

A vocal crowd of anti-fracking campaigners greeted the council's planning committee at County Hall in Northallerton on Friday, when it began considering the plan.

On that day, members heard from dozens of people who oppose to the scheme on environmental and economic grounds. Today councillors are due to hear from those in favour.

The plan, from the company Third Energy, centres on its site close to Kirby Misperton, between Malton and Pickering. It wants to test for shale gas at an existing well. The firm says it has been drilling wells and producing gas safely and discreetly there for over twenty years and will continue to maintain their same standards in future.

Council officers have recommended the scheme is approved.

Opponents of fracking gathered outside County Hall on Friday Credit: ITV News

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Group visits to North York Moors Railway up over 50%

North Yorkshire Moors Railway promotional image Credit: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway say their group visits are up by 56% this year.

They've been working on a new marketing strategy, including a new group specific advertising campaign.

One of the main reasons for the rise is thought to be the visit of the Flying Scotsman in March.

10 North Yorkshire Moors Railway Facts:

  • On the 26th May 2016 it will be 180 years since the Whitby to Pickering railway opened.
  • Over the past 10 years the railway has had over 262,000 group travellers.
  • 8,700 tiles cover Pickering Station roof. These were from Penrhyn Quarry in Wales, the same quarry from which the originals came. This was recently reinstated in 2010!
  • Over 43 years of operating our locomotives up and down the line equates to the same distance as a single journey from the Earth to the Moon.
  • 4,000 tonnes of ballast is ordered per year at the railway.
  • 100,000 sleepers are in use along the NYMR railway line.
  • 1,990 tonnes of coal is used per year – this is the railways biggest bill each year!
  • A Black Five locomotive weighs 95.5 tonnes. That’s 14 large male African elephants!
  • The railway travels underneath the Larpool Viaduct as it enters Whitby. Five million bricks were used to build it.
  • 216 million visits to Yorkshire are made every year, equivalent to the total number of visitors to Walt Disney Attraction Theme Parks worldwide.

“The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a perfect day out for all ages.

Riding behind a heritage locomotive is a great experience and since 60103 Flying Scotsman visited in March, interest in the steam era has definitely increased.

The railway is a great way to explore and see Yorkshire’s stunning scenery as you travel through the North York Moors national park.”

– Gerry Bacon, Group Travel Organiser,
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