As you may know, a pledge I made to Corsham residents was to push as hard as possible for a re-opening of Corsham Station. You will also be aware that this is not a new campaign – it dates back a generation or more.
Since 2015 the campaign for a new railway station in Corsham has been gathering real pace with the provisional business case made, the support of many stakeholders and a clear opportunity to bring it to reality.
In partnership with Corsham Town Council, Wiltshire Council and local business leaders we have created a Corsham Town Team to drive the project forward. We meet once a month and have already funded a positive feasibility study and are now moving through the process as more detailed planning accelerates.
For more information and regular updates on Corsham Town Team please visit corshamrailwaystation.org
In addition to meeting locally with the new Rail Minister, I have raised the issue of Corsham Station many times in Parliament and, as well as the Town Team, I have formed a cross-party group of MPs and brought together Local Enterprise Partnerships, councils from Bristol to Oxford, rail operators and Network Rail, to put some real political pressure on the Government to help deliver the project. We are calling for, and planning for, a stopping train service from Bristol to Oxford which would call at a re-opened Corsham Station. If I am re-elected on June 8th, I intent to arrange for the cross-party group to meet again in June to continue our productive work to deliver Corsham Station.
From the outside progress may seem slow but these sort of projects do take a lot of time. I am very confident that we will have a re-opened Corsham Station in full operation by 2025. I would very much like your feedback on whether or not you would use a re-opened Corsham Station.
I will update my website, Facebook and leaflets as soon as there is more progress with this important community campaign.