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Sunday, March 08, 2009
changes at Blandford
(top 1967 Jeffery Grayer)
Blandford is probably the largest and most important place on the southern S&D - and obscenely still off the network, despite this section retaining freight traffic until January 1969. The population is currently 8755 (census 2005), and grew over 100% between 1981 and 1991. The station site has some minor encroachments (and also some surviving track) but replacement shouldn't be too difficult, though freight facilities may have to be located elsewhere south of the passenger station.
I suspect that this will be the first section of the S&D to be restored to real trains (Blandford to Bournemouth) and that the section north to Templecombe may be the last section of the main line to be restored.
The town is surprisingly busy, with branches of all the main banks, chain stores, even a Holland and Barrett! It is madness that in the first decade of the 21st century it lacks any form of modern transport. That will certainly change now the New S&D is on the scene!