Situated 10 miles from Bath and on the southern fringe of the Cotswolds, Corsham has a wide range of businesses, a historic heart and tourist offering, the developing Digital Corsham programme from Corsham Institute, an expanding Bath Spa University campus with many students travelling into Corsham and the large MoD presence with a large workforce and many visitors.
Passenger forecasts predict that the Corsham Railway Station could carry up to 400,000 passengers per year and that future development plans would be expected to further increase this number.
Here are two videos produced by Corsham TV in 2015 with more on the campaign. In the first, Corsham Town Councillor, Anne Lock, gives more background to the years of campaigning.
In this video, Michelle Donelan, MP for Chippenham and Corsham, talks of her work lobbying in Parliament to support the campaign and why it’s vital to Corsham’s future.
Linking Corsham station to the existing planned extensions to Bristol’s Metro West with the service turning round at the redeveloped Chippenham Station, would create a local service to satisfy the demand, with simple ongoing connections to Swindon and London.
In 2015, Wiltshire Council commissioned Atkins to assess the case for Corsham Railway Station and provisional findings have revealed that there was an “identified market” for a rail station, particularly in relation to journeys to and from Bath and Bristol.
You can view the proposed ‘Great Western Link’ in full on the image below.