Dean Forest Railway was awarded £76.5k by the Local Action Group in January 2011.
A further £8k was awarded in September 2011.
The funding is for stage 1 of a project to return Whitecroft station to a working station on the Dean Forest Railway (DFR). The project involves the removal of debris from the site, preparation of the platform face, the laying of suitable platform surface and positioning of platform edge stonework.
Having established a viable passenger service between the town of Lydney and the forest village of Parkend with four trains on running days, DFR now wish to allow Whitecroft to benefit from trains calling at their village. At present trains pass through without stopping due to the absence of a platform.
The reinstatement of Whitecroft station will greatly assist in DFR achieve its primary aim which is the conservation and maintenance of the heritage left to us by the railway pioneers and mining companies that made the Forest of Dean such a dynamic industrial area in nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The railway will provide a comprehensive link between Whitecroft, Lydney Junction (main line trains), Lydney Town (shops etc), Norchard (DFR main base) and Parkend (current its northern terminus). This will benefit the local community and the Forest of Dean area by promoting sustainable tourism.
Passengers alighting at Whitecroft will utilise local facilities including the Post Office, retail outlets and Public House situated adjacent to Whitecroft Station.
For more information on the Dean Forest Railway, please visit their website:
Article in The Forester, 12.01.11 http://www.theforester.co.uk/news.cfm?id=787&searchword=whitecroft
Article in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review, 16.03.11 http://www.forest-and-wye-today.co.uk/News.cfm?id=9717&headline=Stopping+at…Whitecroft