Work for a Railway Station in Corsham Will Continue Despite Government Setback
Corsham Town Council is disappointed to hear that the Wiltshire Council submission to the Department for Transport’s Restoring Your Railway (RYR) Ideas Fund has been unsuccessful. The bid for funds to conduct further research was an important step towards restoring secondary train services to the Great Western main line including a new station at Corsham, as well as at Royal Wootton Bassett and East Swindon.
The overall comment from the Department for Transport (DfT) was that although a socioeconomic case for the scheme was presented, there were significant delivery complexities which needed to be addressed.
Further feedback from the DfT suggests that the bid would be better directed to the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline process. The Town Council will now be working with Wiltshire Council in considering this over the coming months, as well as Network Rail and other key stakeholders, in the context of Wiltshire Council developing a Local Transport Plan Rail Strategy during 2021 and 2022.
Cllr Steve Abbott, Chairman of Corsham Town Council, said ‘The argument for Corsham having a railway station is still strong and this was never going to be a quick process. Our Town Team working group will meet early in the new year to review the situation and continue to press the case.’