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Station on track

October 29, 2021 11:47 AM

Train services in Wiltshire may be facing the axe, but the campaign to re-open Corsham station continues.

The bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) for funding to develop a feasibility study for a new station in Corsham, as part of the Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund, has been approved.

The proposed two-platform station would be situated on the Great Western Main Line, with potential links to London Paddington, Bristol, Swindon and Reading. It would help to reduce traffic volumes in Corsham and along the A4, and provide easy access to and from MOD Corsham, the largest employer in the town.

This bid was the joint effort of many local partners, with widespread support including MPs in the region, along with Corsham Town Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bath Spa University, Chippenham Town Council and MOD Corsham.

A Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) will now be produced, and is the first stage of the DfT's business case process. The SOBC will set out more details on the proposed project and the case for building a new station.

Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said, "We are really pleased to welcome the award of development funding from the Department for Transport, providing us with potential access of up to £50,000 from the DfT towards developing a SOBC, and look forward to progressing the next step of the process.

"We will be working closely with Corsham Town Council, Great Western Railway, and others over the next few months, bringing together our Strategic Outline Business Case to submit for the next stage. Depending on the outcome of this we will then get an indication of whether the proposal will progress further."

The project would cost up to £15 million and be delivered by 2029.