Residents to have their say on future of Saltford Station

February 06 2014

An event that will allow residents to have their say on the future of Saltford Station will be held later this month.

An event that will allow residents to have their say on the future of Saltford Station will be held later this month.

Transport officers from Bath and North East Somerset Council will be on hand at the drop-in event on Tuesday, February 25, to answer questions and talk about the potential reopening of the site in more detail.

It follows a long-running campaign to restore the station, which closed in 1970, which led to B&NES Council agreeing to undertake a £100,000 study to look into the idea. 

Saltford councillor Francine Haeberling said: “Reopening a closed train station is a complex and lengthy process, so it’s vital that residents have a say in the matter at the earliest possible stage. I would therefore urge local residents to come along to this event, gather information about the plans and give their views. It will also be an opportunity for the council to ascertain what the level of usage would be and take on board any local concerns.

“The council’s feasibility study was based on the assumption that a significant number of passengers would drive to the station to catch the train, so clearly the issue of parking is something which needs to be looked into carefully.”

A number of residents have already raised concerns over potential parking problems in nearby roads if commuters used their cars to reach the station.

News of the consultation event has also been welcomed by the Saltford Station Campaign, which hopes to see the stop reopened as part of the multi-million-pound MetroWest project, which aims to introduce new rail lines and services in phases across the West of England area. Saltford is included in the scheme’s “new stations package”, which highlights potential sites for new stations if a business case can be made for each one.

The campaigners say a local petition and estimates from independent consultants indicate that at least 400 people would use the station every day if it reopened.
Chris Warren, leader of the campaign group, said: “I am delighted that the consultation event is taking place. This is one more step forward towards the re-opening of the Station. It would be crazy for half-hourly Metro West services to pass through Saltford without stopping.”

Residents are invited to have their say as well as ask questions about the implications of reopening the station, such as costs, impact on local roads and timescales, at the drop-in event on February 25,  from 4-8pm in the Avon Room of Saltford Hall.