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It's time for Bridging the Gap part two!

1st December 2017.

Donate to the CharityGreat Central Railway has embarked on one of the biggest projects in modern railway preservation. We’re reunifying two halves of the railway to create an 18 mile heritage route through the East Midlands.

We’ve already invested millions - which you helped us to raise - to build a brand new bridge to carry our trains over the Midland Main Line.

Next up, we want to work on the existing canal bridge at Loughborough which needs repairing. Current thinking is it can be repaired without being lifted. This is likely to mean some disruption to boat traffic below, so it needs to be done when the canal is quieter. The earliest window is Autumn 2018 - but we won’t proceed unless we have sufficient funds.

At the same time we need to continue our design work, so we can get permission to build the rest of the new infrastructure reunification needs. So we’re launching our new appeal; crossing the canal. We need to raise four hundred and seventy five thousand pounds to get the canal bridge completed and carry on with the paperwork. We’ve had international interest in the project and we know you’ve been encouraged by the new rail bridge being installed.

We hope you’ll support us again.

Map of the Bridging the Gap area 3D render of how the repaired bridge will look on completion

You can donate online by credit or debit card. Click the link. Donate to the Charity

You can donate by cheque through the post. Click here to download the appeal form. Complete the sections and send a cheque made payable to the David Clarke Railway Trust to:
'Canal Bridge Appeal', Lovatt House, 3 Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1SL

Please consider a standing order. The more standing orders, the sooner we’ll get the trains running over the 18 mile railway.

However you support us, please don’t forget to make the gift aid declaration if you can. Gift Aid is a scheme where the government will top up donation made by UK tax payers by an extra 25% at no cost to you.

Thank you, together we’ve made a huge amount of progress on this exciting project.
We’ll keep you up to date right here with the latest news.

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