Hope in sight for re-opening of Corsham station

By Anita Jaynes on 16 September, 2014

On Friday 12 September the Corsham Area Community Newsletter created by Wiltshire Council,  reported that hope is in sight to re-open the Corsham railway station.

A crucial meeting between government officials and campaigners about the re-opening of Corsham railway station will take place within a month, says Devizes MP Claire Perry. The new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport was at Corsham with the Conservative’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Chippenham, Michelle Donelan.

Mrs Perry said: “What I’ve promised is to have a meeting in the next month in the department with officials and the people here today and really try and kick the tyres.”

“What we need is to get my department officials together with Network Rail and the campaigners here and I think a member from the train operating company and say, what do we need to know? What are the questions we haven’t answered? What needs to happen?”

The line between London and Bristol is being electrified over the next four years which should increase efficiency on the line and permit smaller stopping services in Wiltshire, including Corsham.

Mrs Perry stressed that any new station needed to be considered before the electrification process to prevent pylons inhibiting any future developments along the line.

If the station re-opens this could mean much easier commutes for business people in the town and surrounding villages.