A message from Reopen founder Jack Martin Leith

Jack Martin Leith
In August 2020, I mothballed my innovation and change practice in order to focus on establishing Reopen, an online database of UK rail reopening schemes.

I am slowly working my way through a long and growing list of proposed lines and stations, and pulling together strands of information from many different sources. It’s painstaking work and it can’t be hurried, but I hope to have everything shipshape by Christmas.

There are several good websites that provide useful updates about rail reopenings, but none of them is based on an alphabetical listing like the one you can see here. If you want to find out about the Portishead scheme for example, just go to the Find a scheme page and select Portishead line, or enter those words into the search box that appears on every page.

Reopening schemes abound, and the Department for Transport’s Restoring Your Railway Fund initiative has put some of them under the spotlight. On this website, every known scheme will have its own page with maps and links to sources of additional information.  Railway jargon will be kept to a minimum and I will try to confine my personal views to the Opinion pieces that will start to appear over the course of the next few months.

Heritage railways are not included unless there is a proposal to run public transport services over a heritage line. An example is the Mid-Suffolk Railway, which intends to run such services over its Wymondham – Dereham line.

Reopen is a nonprofit venture and I have no immediate plans for turning it into a business. There will be no advertisements on this website, no tracking cookies will be planted on your device, and no newsletter sign-up form will elbow its way onto your screen.

Please send me a message if you have any nuggets of information you would like to share. I will credit your contribution, or you can remain anonymous if you prefer.

I hope you will find Reopen a useful resource.

Jack Martin Leith (view bio)
Bath, United Kingdom
19 September 2020