Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
On the same weekend that huge strides were made in getting the S&D rebuilt, in the next door county (Devon) the council there is doing everything it can to perpetuate the 1970s, by claiming that the no-brainer restoration of the Barnstaple to Bideford line would not be economic. Pure drivel, and they know it. Restoration of the route will only cost 80 million pounds, and the line would be heavily used from day one. Bideford is way too large a town to be off the network in the 21st century and the original closure was a clear mistake. In fact if anything the line should be continued to Torrington and a light railway run across the bridge at Bideford to the main part of the town, giving Bideford stations on both sides of the Torridge.
I'm sure this crazy decision will be reversed and the 70s mentality quickly overcome by common sense and the rising cost of energy, but it does show that even in 2010 there are people in positions of power and responsibility that are completely stupid and out of touch. Let's hope we don't run into similar idiots in Somerset and Dorset as the S&D bursts back into life!