Today, the campaign to re-open Corsham Station took a big step forward. With local campaigners, I travelled to meet with officials at the Department for Transport for a meeting I had arranged to move forward the re-opening of Corsham Station.
The campaign to re-open Corsham station dates back decades and I know some resident remain sceptical as to whether it is achievable. Significantly, there are some key factors which now all come in to play which encourage me that finally now there is a real opportunity. The Conservatives in government have invested more on our railways than any government since Victorian times. I am working hard to ensure that Wiltshire benefits from that investment.
The demand for a station in Corsham has never been higher. The town’s population has grown significantly and Bath Spa University have plans to open a campus if the station re-opens. There is backing from Wiltshire Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and local businesses, the track is still in use and there is enough space for a car park and access. There are also existing plans for the “Metro West Link” which could all come together and deliver Corsham a station.
You may recall that I have previously invited two Transport Ministers to Corsham to meet with local campaigners and businesses who set out a compelling case. I have also carried out two wide ranging surveys which have found that overwhelmingly (92%) local residents want to see the station re-opened.
At today’s meeting we agreed to look at investing in a feasibility study to independently prove the case for re-opening the station and the financial, economic and social benefits it will bring. It’s important that all the stakeholders help develop a long-term plan and I am going to work to make that happen.
I am not from a political background but firmly believe that if someone wants to represent their local community they should be upfront about what their plan is for the local area.
I have set out a clear, long-term plan for what I aim to achieve in my community work and what I promise to campaign for locally if I am elected as our next MP.