The historic market town of Corsham could soon receive a major transport inclusivity boost, after a recent business case submission for a new railway station, which Wiltshire Council's Dr Mark McClelland labelled as an “exciting next step.”
The inclusion of this proposed station would make a significant difference to the reduction of reliance on road-based travel, thus decarbonising the local area’s transport. Whilst improving the environmental impact of the town’s travel options, the inclusion of a new station would supply significant economic benefits, providing opportunities for job creation, prosperity, and growth.
The plans for the station would involve two platforms and would be situated along the Great Western Main line, providing services to the London, Bristol, and Reading. It is estimated that the costs involved for the construction would total £15m.
Wiltshire Council's business plan was submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in partnership with Corsham Town Council, MP Michelle Donelan and other local stakeholders.
Miss Donelan said:
“I have been persistent with Ministers and officials in the Department for Transport to ensure that we build Corsham Station as soon as possible.
“Having been a lead sponsor of the bid to secure funding from Government to deliver Corsham Station, it was great to meet with the new Rail Minister to keep on pushing the case for Corsham Station to be opened.
“I will keep on doing all I can to ensure that we deliver Corsham Station which will greatly improve connectivity here in Wiltshire and help us meet our net-zero goals.”
If the project bid is successful and progress through the business case stages, current estimates suggest that the works to bring this station to life could begin as early as 2026, with a projected completion time frame for 2028, seeing fully operational rail travel.
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