Reopened Saltford Station 'to bring in £770,000 a year'

Published on: 09 Mar 2014

More detailed plans have been unveiled to Saltford residents as B&NES Council looks for their views on reopening the village’s station.

A public exhibition was held at Saltford Hall where display boards revealed facts and figures put together by consultants looking into the scheme in a study commissioned last year.

The proposals focused on reopening the station at its former location, off the A4 to the east of the village, along with parking for up to 150 cars.
An estimated 647 trips would be made to and from the station every day, the figures suggested, adding up to 203,700 trips per year and an estimated revenue of £770,000 per year from rail fares alone.

Forecasts also suggested 125 people per day would expect to park their cars at the station, the results from the study said, with potential for an extra 175 overflow parking spaces on nearby land.

Chris Warren, of the Saltford Station Campaign, said  he was pleased with the turnout at the event on February 25 and it marked a step towards their hopes of seeing the station back in service.

“People have been generally positive, saying it would be great to have the option of walking along the road and taking the train to Bath,” he said.

“People have said they could get rid of the second car, it would give kids greater independence, and people could come to Saltford by train without driving.

“This is future-proofing the village. In 20 or 25 years' timeI think people will say thank god the station was put in here, or it could have been somewhere
else along the line. It would provide a link to Bath and Bristol and from there it would open up the country.”

The information on display at the public event is all available online at http://bathnes.gov.uk/consultations/saltford-railway-station-survey.

Members of the public are now being asked to comment on the information put forward by March 26, with their feedback helping to complete a report on the scheme which is expected to be published shortly after.

The proposals to reopen Saltford Station are part of the second phase of the regional MetroWest project, which aims to reopen the Portishead line as well as a number of stations in and around Bristol, and would bring two trains per hour to the village.

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