With the increasing national interest in both station and line reopenings on the national network, a partnership working group has been established to explore the possibility of reconnecting Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway to Taunton for the purpose of reinstating scheduled trains.
The partnership consists of:
Heart of South West Local Enterprise Partnership
Great Western Railway
Somerset County Council
West Somerset Railway PLC
The work will be in two phases initially. The first phase will be to develop a number of high-level options to identify the simple and most effective way in which the operational, signalling and infrastructure work can be accomplished and what is required to make that happen.
The second phase will be the development of an outline business case including the socio-economic case for change and the cost model.