Warburton wins funds for langport Station
It has been around 6 years in the making. A slew of government ministers visited Langport and Somerton in 2014 and 2015. Among the projects they discussed at the time was funding for a new station for Langport. Or at least a station to serve the Somerton and langport area. Exact location to be determined.
Since then the idea has been mentioned in budgets, match funding has been discussed. Somerset County Council were willing to put funds in, but South Somerset district Council refused. Some towns and parishes were happy to contribute, but nothing happened.
Somerton & Frome MP David Warburton kept lobbying. it just seemed that nobody was listening.
Until now. Finally in the regional small print to the Chancellor’s Autumn statement is some good news. We’ll quote it verbatim “Receiving feasibility funding through the Restoring Your Railways New Ideas Fund for proposals for:
reopening St Anne’s Park station in Bristol, a station in the Langport/Somerton area of Somerset; improved services from Falmouth; restoring services between Swanage and Wareham; reinstating rail access to Cirencester. Plus, new station funding for Edginswell rail station.”
Before we get carried away, this is not going to deliver a new station just yet. But until now getting a feasibility study done has proved impossible. The promise of funding for that study means the road to getting a new station is finally being travelled.