New train station planned for Wellington as council bosses earmark four-year opening

This is The West Country: PROSPECTIVE conservative MP for Taunton Deane, Rebecca Pow with Cllr Mark Edwards at the disused Wellington station, which was axed as part of the infamous Beeching cuts 50 years ago. Photo: Alain Lockyer. PROSPECTIVE conservative MP for Taunton Deane, Rebecca Pow with Cllr Mark Edwards at the disused Wellington station, which was axed as part of the infamous Beeching cuts 50 years ago. Photo: Alain Lockyer.

PEOPLE could be able to catch a train from Wellington to Taunton and Exeter as soon as 2018, it has emerged.

A new station is likely to be built to accommodate the town’s rapid expansion as council bosses look to make a railway service a reality.

Mark Edwards, deputy leader of Taunton Deane Council, believes a self-sufficient station is more feasible than re-opening the disused one due to several complications, such as the close proximity of canisters from the Swallowfield factory.

He said: “This is a real opportunity to open a Metro rail link serving people in Wellington.

“Rather than just talking about and having an aspiration, I think there is a genuine chance this could be up and running in four years’ time.”

Some 500 homes are set to be built at Longforth Farm and the development is likely to increase demand for better transport links.

It is hoped the new station – featuring self-service ticket machines and a potential swipe card system similar to the Oyster used in London – will make life easier for those who work out of town.

Cllr Edwards, who has been working with Mid Devon District Council, Devon County Council, Somerset County Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and Network Rail, said a business case is almost complete and work is due to start on looking at its practicality.

He added: “We’re not sure exactly where we’d put the station yet but the key is it has to be accessible. It could open up opportunities for people who work in Taunton, Cullompton, Tiver-ton or Exeter.”

Wellington is thought to be the largest town on the Penzance to London Paddington line without an operational station and the plans have been backed by prospective conservative MP for Taunton Deane Rebecca Pow.

She said: “I sent surveys to 20,000 households in Wellington and Taunton and the majority said they want a station. This shows it would not just benefit Wellington but that it’s a two-way thing.

“When I knocked on doors in Wellington it was clear that the main problem is congestion. With hundreds of extra houses on the way, a new station could be vital.

“I’m in the process of sending more detailed questionnaires to those living in the town.”

Would you like to see a new station in Wellington? Have your say by commenting below.

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9:12pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Dr Dave says...

A great idea which I fully support, given the gridlocked roads now in and around Wellington - what it is going to be like when the Longforth Farm development is populated, I don't know! In my mind, the best location for the rail station would be on the Taunton side of Wellington, alongside the Longforth Farm site, but close enough to town to allow easy access to and from the town centre. Driving into Wellington has to be avoided at all costs.
A great idea which I fully support, given the gridlocked roads now in and around Wellington - what it is going to be like when the Longforth Farm development is populated, I don't know! In my mind, the best location for the rail station would be on the Taunton side of Wellington, alongside the Longforth Farm site, but close enough to town to allow easy access to and from the town centre. Driving into Wellington has to be avoided at all costs. Dr Dave
  • Score: 7

10:04pm Wed 29 Jan 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

Great idea. Hope it works out.
Great idea. Hope it works out. TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 3

1:12pm Thu 30 Jan 14

swjoduk says...

Great idea, I've been saying it for years and a main branch station at Minehead and Langport too, but believe it when I see it!!
Great idea, I've been saying it for years and a main branch station at Minehead and Langport too, but believe it when I see it!! swjoduk
  • Score: 4

6:24pm Thu 30 Jan 14

somered says...

It must be nearing election time again! As much as I would like to see this happen I have got a feeling of deja vu, didn't the last failed Tory candidate trot out the same line (pardon the pun) but four years later what has happened? Nothing! I wont be holding my breath over this happening any time soon.
It must be nearing election time again! As much as I would like to see this happen I have got a feeling of deja vu, didn't the last failed Tory candidate trot out the same line (pardon the pun) but four years later what has happened? Nothing! I wont be holding my breath over this happening any time soon. somered
  • Score: 5

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