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Funding bid for fresh look at rail plan

Wellesbourne Airfield
Wellesbourne Airfield

“The council has retained a neutral position over this project, but given the opportunity to clarify whether this is a viable option to pursue, it is considered that supporting this option at this time is appropriate.

“This does not alter the council’s neutral position over the scheme, but it will help the council to decide whether the proposal can or cannot be supported in the future.”

In June 2013 the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group issued a report saying that a single-track line could be reinstated between Stratford and Honeybourne at a cost of £53 million.

Under this proposal it would follow the line of the old railway along Summerton Way, the cycle path behind Albany Road, dive under Evesham Place and travel alongside Seven Meadows Road in a trough before tunnelling under Wetherby Way and picking up the old line on the Greenway.

However, the latest idea is understood to contain the possibility of the line being dual track for heavy freight. The prospect of a more detailed report has been welcomed by pro-line campaigners.

But Cllr Peter Moorse (Lib Dem, Hathaway), the main opposition leader on the district council, said: “The thought of heavy goods trains rumbling through the centre of town in the middle of the night will horrify many residents who live along the proposed route.

“The Conservatives keep promising action on the traffic problems in the town. If money is available surely this should be the priority.”

In 2012 consultants Arup conducted a study and declared: “The results of this appraisal indicate that the line is a promising candidate for reinstatement.”

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