Plans to reopen Wellington Railway Station have moved a step closer with the announcement that a detailed report and positive will be presented to the Metro Steering Group early next year.
Cllr Mark Edwards, Deputy Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council, said: “Since the timetabling feasibility study was completed successfully , the business case has been worked on to take the project to its next stage to better assess who would use the service, level of usage and the costs.
“It is complicated as it’s not purely about re opening Wellington Railway Station but also a new station at Cullompton and the wider improvements and how that integrates with the wider network including the new faster train services being introduced next year.
“This has meant the process has taken a little longer than we would have liked. However, it is a partnership between the councils, Network Rail, GWR and the LEP so the right people are involved to make it a reality – and it is progressing.
“The processes are dictated by the Governance for Railway Investment Projects which will guide the group on how to further manage the project.”
Wellington Railway Station originally opened in May, 1843 and was one of more than 2,000 stations closed in October 1964 during the Beeching cuts.
Wellington Cllr Bob Bowrah has been a leading figure working for the project on behalf of the town council.
He said: “Although I am frustrated the next meeting of the group has been put back to the New Year, I have given the town clerk the latest survey figures and will be updating the council at the first opportunity.”