Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Monday, September 21, 2009
no alternative - yet!
A350 towards Shaftesbury.
Some of the bends just before Stourpaine.
Picture the scene. A main line railway with regular trains to both Bath and Bournemouth, as well as local trains stopping along the route, expresses to cities and towns in the Midlands and North and heavy freight trains keeping lorries off the road. Roads almost empty thanks to the parallel railway.
A road (no railway) winding its way through villages, cars having to compete with lorries, tractors, cyclists and even horses for the same narrow winding stretch of tarmac.
Which is the most recent, the most modern, the most sensible of these two options?
You've guessed it! The latter ...
The New S&D is about switching these two scenarios, bringing modern transport back to the towns and villages between Bristol/Bath and Bournemouth/Brockenhurst.