Firms back Wellington rail station bid

DEPUTY leader of Taunton Deane Council, Mark Edwards.

DEPUTY leader of Taunton Deane Council, Mark Edwards.

First published in News

BUSINESSES have backed plans for a new train station in Wellington.

People could be able to catch a train to Taunton or Exeter as soon as 2018 if a vision for a new station becomes a reality.

Talks between rail bosses and council leaders are on-going with progress expected to be made within the next few weeks – and several firms are already warming to the idea of having a train station again.

Martin Reader, headmaster at Wellington School, believes students would benefit greatly from the rail links.

He said: “I think a station would continue to put Wellington on the map and so attract businesses to the town, retail parks and office parks.

“If we can become more of a hub like Blackbrook in Taunton and attract solicitors, accountants and high-valued professions to the town, I think that would bring people here and benefit us.

“It would also make life a lot easier for boarders too. At the moment we send taxis to Taunton and to airports at Heathrow and Bristol.

“If we can get more on the train then everyone would benefit.”

Ben Fox, of The Big House Co in Tonedale, has family links with the railway, as his ancestor Dr Wilson Fox used to be a ‘physician extraordinaire’ to Queen Victoria.

As such, he had the right to stop the train at the bottom of his garden, which faced onto the tracks.

Ben said: “For us it is a no brainer. It would be very beneficial for us and our clients who travel from afar, to save them having to get taxis from Taunton.

“I think if you ask 100 people if Wellington needs a train station only a few would say no, and they are likely to be the ones who would be living on its doorstep.”

Alan Chapman, finance director of Relyon and Pritex, added: “We support any scheme that would assist the commuting of our workers to Wellington.”

As reported in the County Gazette, a Metro rail service and a self-sufficient station are part of the plans.

Deputy leader of Taunton Deane Council Mark Edwards, who has been steaming ahead with the proposals, said: “It is extremely encouraging that the idea to get a new railway station in Wellington has received such overwhelming support from so many individuals.

“Also, critically it has been supported by businesses all of which are the commercial lifeblood of the town.

“I am greatly encouraged by the discussions I have had and after the success that Taunton Deane Council has achieved in gaining the funding from the LEP for Taunton Railway Station I am more optimistic than ever that this vision of a new station at Wellington is deliverable.”

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8:52pm Sun 27 Jul 14

boliston says...

It does seem odd that Wellington is 3x the size of Highbridge and 2x the size of Yatton yet still the train does not stop there.
It does seem odd that Wellington is 3x the size of Highbridge and 2x the size of Yatton yet still the train does not stop there. boliston
  • Score: 17

8:53pm Sun 27 Jul 14

duckface08 says...

We lost our previous station because it was underused, this was the time when there was not so many cars, so what has changed????
We lost our previous station because it was underused, this was the time when there was not so many cars, so what has changed???? duckface08
  • Score: -1

9:31pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Welly View says...

duckface08 wrote:
We lost our previous station because it was underused, this was the time when there was not so many cars, so what has changed????
Stupidly high petrol prices; high car park charges in Taunton; a rubbish bus service that means you can't get back to Wellington after about 8pm; taxi fares that many can't afford; increase in number of people commuting to Bristol, Swindon, Reading, London....... Need I go on?
[quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: We lost our previous station because it was underused, this was the time when there was not so many cars, so what has changed????[/p][/quote]Stupidly high petrol prices; high car park charges in Taunton; a rubbish bus service that means you can't get back to Wellington after about 8pm; taxi fares that many can't afford; increase in number of people commuting to Bristol, Swindon, Reading, London....... Need I go on? Welly View
  • Score: 17

11:54am Mon 28 Jul 14

wombatblender says...

We'd certainly use it and the shops, restaurants and pubs of Taunton would benefit!
We'd certainly use it and the shops, restaurants and pubs of Taunton would benefit! wombatblender
  • Score: 5

7:45pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Monument says...

Wellington Station was closed under Beeching's slaughter of the railways and was one of thousands of similar stations.

To compare then with now is pointless and irrelevant. Wellington would benefit from a station and I for one hope it happens
Wellington Station was closed under Beeching's slaughter of the railways and was one of thousands of similar stations. To compare then with now is pointless and irrelevant. Wellington would benefit from a station and I for one hope it happens Monument
  • Score: 8

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