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No Money for Great Western Mainline

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

According to a report in the Swindon Advertiser, an application for £50,000 funding for Great Western Railway main line has been rejected. The project to restore services to the Great Western main line would have been used to help build new stations at Corsham, Royal Wootton Bassett and East Swindon.

Corsham Town Council said it is disappointed the Wiltshire Council submission to the Department for Transport’s Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund was not picked up. It’s believed it would have helped fund 75% of the project.

Chairman of Corsham Town Council Steve Abbott said: “Further feedback from the DfT suggests that the bid would be better directed to the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline process. The argument for Corsham having a railway station is still strong. Our town team working group will continue to press the case.”

In total there were 51 applications put forward for a chance to win the £50,000 and it’s not known how many were successful.

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