What will new rail investment mean for Somerset
The headlines from Rishi Sunak’s speech are starting to trickle down into government departmental announcements.
We now know that the South west will get one of the smaller allocations of funds. Just £6.5bn has been allocated compared with the near £20bn offered to the north west.
There is of course little detail at this point. However Wellington station is to be fully funded with rail links to Cullumpton thrown in.
There’s no news on a new station for Langport/Somerton though. Which does not necessarily mean it won’t happen, but the outlook remains uncertain.
There’s better news on the bus front though. Funds will allow the £2 fare scheme to continue fully funded until December 2024.
However at least 1 billion of the new money is being set aside for more new roads. That’s a decision that will divide opinion. All we can comment, is that as a policy it is inconsistent with recognising s climate emergency.