Taunton Station improvement plan gets £4.6million Government cash

Somerset County Gazette: Rebecca Pow with Patrick McLoughlin during his recent visit to Taunton Station. Rebecca Pow with Patrick McLoughlin during his recent visit to Taunton Station.

A MAJOR transformation of Taunton Station is set to go ahead after the Government agreed to put up £4.6million.

The cash will help re-site the main entrance on the south side, improve passenger facilities, provide retail opportunities and improved parking.

It is also seen as vital for the long-awaited development of the derelict Firepool site.

The Local Growth Fund handout was announced today, Monday, July 7, following a visit last month by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Rebecca Pow, who is standing for the Conservatives at Taunton Deane in next year’s General Election, said: “I have been championing this cause and was delighted that the Secretary of State for Transport accepted my recent invitation to come to Taunton to see the potential benefits of this project for himself.

“He was very impressed and I am so pleased that against some other extremely competitive bids this project has been selected to receive this vital funding.

“It is a key to the future development of the town and includes re-orientating the rail station, better passenger facilities, retail opportunities and improved parking. It also paves the way for the long awaited development of the Firepool site.”

The station masterplan is backed by Network Rail, First Great Western, Taunton Deane Council and Somerset County Council, who put in a joint bid as part of a larger Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership bid to the Growth Fund.

Mr McLoughlin said: “Rebecca organised the rail event extremely well and generated a high level of interest.

“I believe that transport plays an integral role in the development of communities and allowing opportunities for economic growth.

“This is clearly the case for Taunton and it is the type of scheme that I envisaged when the Local Growth Fund money was announced.

“It will clearly benefit Taunton and add another chapter to the town’s rich history.”

The proposed development project will enable the station to handle the predicted 40% increase in passenger traffic within the next six years and will confirm Taunton as the gateway to the South-West.

Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne, who has been working in Westminster to make sure the Government funds important projects in Somerset, has welcomed the Regional Growth Fund money announced today.  The Regional Growth Fund is a flagship initiative of the Liberal Democrats in the coalition government.

Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne said: "The Liberal Democrats in government have made sure that money is pushed out beyond London and the wealthy South-East into areas like Taunton Deane.

"I am delighted that Taunton Deane will receive funding for important projects like upgrading Taunton train station, flood alleviation and improved broadband connectivity.

"It is essential that we continue to attract extra investment and new jobs to Taunton Deane.

"That has been my priority as our local Member of Parliament and I am very pleased that Taunton Deane is getting the extra government investment that our area needs."

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1:10pm Mon 7 Jul 14

SocialistParty-SomersetBranch says...

That, was a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Conservative Party.

Brought to you, by the Somerset Conservative Gazette, which is owned by Newsquest which in turn is owned and controlled by the £multi-billion holding company known as Gannett.
That, was a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Conservative Party. Brought to you, by the Somerset Conservative Gazette, which is owned by Newsquest which in turn is owned and controlled by the £multi-billion holding company known as Gannett. SocialistParty-SomersetBranch
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1:34pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

"and will confirm Taunton as the gateway to the South-West"

Really?
"and will confirm Taunton as the gateway to the South-West" Really? Somerset_BTGOG
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2:18pm Mon 7 Jul 14

SocialistParty-SomersetBranch says...

A YouGov survey in November 2013 for the Centre for Labour and Social Studies found that two in three voters (including just over half of all Conservative supporters) want both the railways and energy companies taken away from the private sector and renationalised.

For further information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
A YouGov survey in November 2013 for the Centre for Labour and Social Studies found that two in three voters (including just over half of all Conservative supporters) want both the railways and energy companies taken away from the private sector and renationalised. For further information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty-SomersetBranch
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2:31pm Mon 7 Jul 14

SocialistParty-SomersetBranch says...

British Rail wasn't perfect - though far better than the mess that exists today. When it was first formed, in 1948, many of the same bosses stayed in place. Regions competed with each other.

The Socialist Party calls for the railways to be renationalised under democratic working class control and management, using the experience and expertise of rail workers and passengers, to run trains as a public service and not a big business cash cow.

Full post can be read at:

http://www.socialist
party.org.uk/article
s/15987/16-02013/ren
ationalise-the-railw
ays-now

For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
British Rail wasn't perfect - though far better than the mess that exists today. When it was first formed, in 1948, many of the same bosses stayed in place. Regions competed with each other. The Socialist Party calls for the railways to be renationalised under democratic working class control and management, using the experience and expertise of rail workers and passengers, to run trains as a public service and not a big business cash cow. Full post can be read at: http://www.socialist party.org.uk/article s/15987/16-02013/ren ationalise-the-railw ays-now For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty-SomersetBranch
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1:27pm Tue 8 Jul 14

rolo130267 says...

Great news for Taunton station but, with £millions available for station transformation, is there any news or progress on the proposed re-opening of a station in Wellington?
Great news for Taunton station but, with £millions available for station transformation, is there any news or progress on the proposed re-opening of a station in Wellington? rolo130267
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