Saltford railway station receives boost from council

Saltford Environment Group A petition with more than 2,000 names is due to be presented to councillors

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Campaigners have welcomed news that councillors are considering spending £100,000 on a business case for reopening Saltford railway station.

The station, between Bristol and Bath, was closed in 1970, but a recent survey indicated it might attract 200 new passengers a day.

Liberal Democrat-run Bath and North East Somerset Council said the cash would come from contingency budgets.

Cabinet members are being recommended to agree the budget on Wednesday.

A council spokesman said: "The potential for reopening Saltford station has been highlighted by a local campaign.

'Enormous potential'

"In order to develop the business case for the project funds are required in the order of £250,000 over the next three years.

"This report seeks funding for an initial £100,000 to take this work forward."

Duncan Hounsell, from the Saltford Station Campaign, said: "The council has listened to the overwhelming wish of Saltford residents for a reopened station.

"With 10,000 people each week day within 3km of the station site and 29,000 vehicles passing daily on the A4 road, a railway station in Saltford has enormous potential."

Prior to the cabinet meeting a petition with more than 2,000 names calling for the station to be reopened will be presented to councillors.

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