Marlborough £30m railway line restoration plan

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A £30m plan to re-establish a railway station at a Wiltshire town is to be presented to the government.

The proposal for Marlborough is backed by the town's Chamber of Commerce and Devizes MP Claire Perry, and has been drafted by a community group.

Transition Marlborough said a rail link to the town should be restored as the nearest station is 14 miles away.

Passenger rail services to and from Marlborough were withdrawn in 1961.

Transition Marlborough's Graham Francis said many people who have moved to the town in the last 30 years commute to London.

He said: "The opportunity to put that line back where it was in the sixties is something that should be seriously considered."

The proposed new branch line, off the main London to Westbury line at Savernake, would stretch for five miles and see a new station opposite the Marlborough Business Park.

MP Claire Perry said she supported the scheme and would be contacting Rail Minister Stephen Hammond to discuss the proposal.

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