Somerset

Wellington railway station reopening talks held

Talks have taken place over plans to reopen a railway station in Somerset that closed almost 50 years ago.

Wellington Station, like thousands of other stations across the country, was closed in 1964 under the so-called Beeching cuts.

Taunton Deane, Mid Devon and Devon county councillors met Network Rail on Friday evening to discuss reopening rail links between Exeter and Taunton.

Proposals also include reopening Cullompton station in Devon.

Mark Edwards, deputy leader at Taunton Deane Borough Council, said: "If an economic case can be built for it and it is feasible to do it, then we can look at the modelling of the timetables. There is potential for this."

The new service would need to complement the mainline timetables.

Mr Edwards added that "cross-border working" would be vital to make it happen.

The plans are also being supported by the Taunton Deane MP, Liberal Democrat Jeremy Browne.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "As with all major plans such as this, it is vital that the scheme promoter undertake a feasibility study that explores funding stream as well as the impact on the existing infrastructure and time-table."

Officers will start exploring the economic case and then talks will also continue with Network Rail over the time-table modelling.

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