Dr Beeching left the line open it was Barbara Castle than closed it during her tenure of Minister of Transport, 1965–1968.
I don't think there is any problem getting the track through Foulridge or Earby the big problem as we have mentioned before is Vivary Way in Colne.
Our Mr Stevenson MP promised in November 2019 that a review of both Road and Track would be available from Highways England in April 2020. Don't hold your breath. This review would outline both any new road developments along with the future of the Rail track to Skipton. The current position is new road markings at the junctions to the motorway and a promise to move the track to the next stage of looking at to see where the longest grass in growing.