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WC bids for rail improvements

March 7, 2020 9:05 AM

The government has said it wants to look at undoing some of the damage to the railway system done by Beeching in the '60s, and has asked for expressions of interest from councils.

So Wiltshire has come up with a plan. This would involve a new station on the main line at Devizes Lydeway; improving the Westbury to Swindon via Melsham service; and developing Westbury station into a 'hub'.

As Lydeway is 3 miles from Devizes the scheme would include 'transport connectivity' to the town. The Melksham line is hugely successful in terms of passenger numbers but is held back by being single track, so passing loops would go in to increase capacity. The Westbury improvements would include reopening the fourth platform.

At this stage these are just ideas. If the government were to give the go-ahead they would go to the next stage of looking at feasibility and developing business cases.