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LOCAL councils with West Somerset Railway stations in their area are giving “overwhelming support” to the idea of a future regular Minehead-Taunton service, the Minehead Rail Link Group claimed this week.

Group chairman Alex de Mendoza said: “We have received letters of support from all the councils we have approached and are hugely encouraged by the reaction.

“Only this week, Old Cleeve Parish Council, which has Washford station in its area, voted unamimously to back any future plans for regular trains between Taunton and Minehead.

“We already have Watchet, Williton ,Dunster, Selworthy, Minehead and Old Cleeve councils on board and are hoping to have talks soon with Stogumber and Bishops Lydeard.

“It may take a few weeks to gather all the letters of support we need, but we are on the case.

“Everyone we have spoken to is enthusiastic about the principle of running a regular service on the line and believe it should be seriously considered.”

District councillor Benet Allen, the group’s secretary, said the “overwhelming support” of local councils was part of a campaign to convince bodies like Somerset County Council, Great Western Railway and the Office of Road and Rail that the rail link was a feasible and necessary development.

“We are pleased that the county council has agreed to look at our proposed scheme as part of their transport strategy,” he said.

Printed in The West Somerset Free Press on 18/10/2019


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