Langport / Somerton station
The money has now been raised for a feasibility review of a station in the Langport and Somerton area. Initially back in 2012 the initiative was led by Transition Langport. The mantle has since been taken on by the Langport Transport Group led by Phil Edge.
Currently the track between Castle Cary and Taunton is the longest stretch in the south west without a station. With government agreeing to fund 75% of the cost, several local parishes chipped in the rest. South Somerset District Council offered a grant of £6,000 to cover the last part of the project cost.
That gives the Langport Transport Group (LTG) £65,000 to use. Most of the money will go to a consultancy firm (around £58000) with a 10% contingency. The firm will be engaged through Somerset County Council. We understand it will be the same one used for Wellington/Cullompton station project. A further £3,000 will be spent on bespoke software.
David Northey of Network Rail is helping advise the group and guide them through the process. There are several that will be investigated as part of the plans but Ricksey Lane Somerton is one of the favourites. So yesterday (3 July) local MP David Warburton, went down to meet Phil Edge from the LTG to look at the site.
Pictured below David Northey, Chris David Warburton and Phil Edge. And below that a Hitachi train using the stretch of track leading up to the site at the end of Ricksey Lane.