Saltford station campaign back on track

THE prospect of reopening Saltford railway station is back on track, say local councillors after a meeting with Metro Mayor Dan Norris.

Duncan Hounsell, Saltford ward councillor, and Jon Godfrey, chair of Saltford Parish Council, said their discussion with Mr Norris had been productive.

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA), led by Mr Norris, has sole responsibility for strategic transport issues in the local area.

WECA is expected to commission a new stations feasibility study, which will include considering the case for Saltford, in March.

Mr Norris re-affirmed his positive view about a station at Saltford and said he would approve the funding for this study.

Cllr Hounsell said: “The creation of WECA and then large-scale changes to railway timetables have meant that previous studies had become out of date.

“The new WECA study will consider the feasibility and business case for Saltford. The station project is now back on track and I thank the mayor for his support.”

Cllr Godfrey said: “The meeting was very positive. The mayor spoke about all needing to work together to make a Saltford station happen and I endorse that approach.”

Pictured, Saltford railway station in the 1960s (before it closed in 1970) 
Image copyright Saltford Environment Group