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Restoring your railway

27 May 2020 : Council news

The Leader of SWT says the hard work and commitment shown by staff and councillors to re-open Wellington station won’t go to waste.

The Department for Transport has announced that Wellington station, closed in 1964, is now being considered as part of their “Restoring your Railway” scheme.

Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts also says that collaboration across Somerset and Devon is vital to demonstrate how the region must come together to build a better place to live after the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m delighted that the energy and commitment shown to this project by so many staff at SWT has been recognised by the government - we’ve been the driving force behind this bid. Now, we have two years before the final decision is made and we’ll keep the momentum going. I’m determined the hard work won’t go to waste. We have to be confident this will happen and revitalise the area”.

The reopening of Wellington and Cullompton stations is one of 10 bidders for the first round of the Government’s Ideas Fund which have been successful.

The funding will enable them to progress their proposals towards developing a business case.

The Ideas Fund has been seeking proposals for projects to restore lost rail connections to communities.

Cllr Smith-Roberts says working across county borders is fundamental to success “We’re working with mid-Devon District Council to show how we see this as part of a wider vision for Somerset and Devon. The big issues – tackling the climate crisis, connecting communities, improving opportunity – mean working together to get things done.”

The DfT will fund 75 per cent of costs up to £50,000 of successful proposals to help fund transport and economic studies and create a business case. Future funding to develop projects would be subject to agreement of the business case.