Plans for a New Mainline Station Leap Forward Following Successful Bid for £50k Feasibility Study Grant
David Warburton, Member of Parliament for Somerton & Frome, together with the Langport Transport Group, are asking residents to help strengthen the business case for a new train station in the Langport and Somerton area by completing a short online survey.
After many years of campaigning by local action groups, residents, stakeholders and David Warburton MP, plans to reopen a station for the Langport and Somerton area on the London Paddington to Penzance railway line have taken a significant step forward.
Last year, the Langport Transport Group secured a grant of £50,000 following a successful bid sponsored by David to the Department for Transport’s Restoring Your Railways fund. The bid was one of only 15 successful bids from over 50 applications throughout the UK.
A full feasibility study will now be conducted by professional contractors with the intention of providing a business case to take forward the reopening of a railway station in the Langport and Somerton area. The new station will provide rail connectivity to Taunton, Castle Cary, Bristol, Exeter, Bath and London.
David and the Langport Transport Group are now inviting local people to participate in strengthening the business case for a new station by completing a short online survey at www.davidwarburton.org.uk/newstation
About the campaign to open a new station David Warburton said: “After many years of determined campaigning to open a new station in the Somerton and Langport area, at last we’re seeing real progress being made. I must pay tribute to Phil Edge, Martin Read and Simon Taylor of the Langport Transport Group for their resolute commitment and huge efforts in getting us to this stage. And thanks to the local parish and town councils, along with South Somerset District Council and Somerset County Council, for the financial support they’ve committed to driving the campaign forward.
David continued, “It has always been clear that there’s massive local support for a new station in this area and we now need to develop as strong a business case as possible. Key to building that case is data that demonstrates the strength of local support, so I appeal to as many of you as possible to spare a few minutes to complete the online survey and help get the Somerton and Langport area – literally – on track.”