South West

Transwilts announces conference on station proposals

Three New Stations for Wiltshire – Transwilts conference next Wednesday

Wednesday 15 March 2017 Trowbridge Civic Centre, St Stephen’s Place, BA14 8AH

This Transwilts conference gives the background, prospects, business case and timing for three new Wiltshire stations at Wilton, Corsham and Royal Wootton Bassett .

Delegates will hear the case and conclusions from the consultant studies carried out at all three locations by SLC Rail and sponsored by the local Town Councils.

The conference will fit the overall Wiltshire picture together considering transport connectivity and alignment with Swindon and Wiltshire’s economic objectives.

Included will be the case for well connected rail parkway stations to provide congestion relief for principal towns and cities planned future growth.

A prospective timetable for building the stations, opportunities for rail services and the funding options will be explored.

The conference will be particularly relevant for Wiltshire, Swindon and Neighbouring Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Transport Officers, Network Rail and Franchise Operators, Community Rail Partnerships. The conference is open to our Sponsors, Stakeholders, Individual and Corporate Friends of TransWilts.

Attendance is free but places are limited, so an early reservation is strongly advised to secure your place at the conference, refreshments and lunch

Portway New Stations Fund bid submitted

Bristol City Council has submitted a bid to the second round of the New Stations Fund for £1.91m in November 2016. Total scheme cost is £2.63m. Network Rail will start work on the GRIP 3 report in January 2017. Construction is planned to start in 2018 with opening in May 2019.

A bid for £686,000 was submitted in round one of the New Station Fund. It was not successful.