With your help, trains could return to Radstock

By Becky Brooks in Planning

Negotiations between North Somerset Railway CIC and Railway Paths Ltd are progressing well towards the vision of a shared future for the ‘Colliers Way’ cyclepath between Radstock and Great Elm (near Frome).

If terms are mutually agreed, a Transport and Works Order will subsequently be applied for. Our plans include the operation of a community rail service from within the far end of the Radstock ‘Heritage Park’ development, near the Brunel Engine Shed, which will then run alongside the Route 24 cyclepath for the greater part, connecting with national rail network at Great Elm and continuing the journey onto Frome.

The NSR has converted to a CIC (Community Interest Company) and in doing so, has adopted a new approach. This move underlines its commitment to the community and in helping to mitigate the area’s growing transport issues as their core priorities.

At this crucial stage in our development – the North Somerset Railway needs your help. We are actively encouraging anyone with an interest in this rail project to write to both their constituency MP and local councillors, clearly stating the reasons why they back the motion of the railway’s reinstatement, the benefits it would bring to the area, and their intention to regularly use such a service.

Olly Wise from the NSR says: “We are encouraged by the achievements of the Swanage Railway. In June of this year, volunteers of the line witnessed the momentous send-off of the first passenger train to leave Swanage for Wareham in 45 years – and with such support forthcoming from the Council as enjoyed by the Swanage Railway, there is no reason why Radstock cannot see its railway

reinstated.

If you would like to find out more about our aims and objectives for the line, please go to our website: www.northsomersetrailway.com

Terry Harris

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