Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
It's amazing how quickly attitudes are changing. Just a few short years ago the idea that the Beeching cuts would - ever!- be reversed was unusual. Now almost everybody accepts it. Just a few years ago new ROADS were being proposed! Even today some cities (such as Bristol to their everlasting shame) seriously think that buses can solve city transport problems, rather than the obvious trams and cycleways. So there's still work to do.
But it is good that what we are doing is now seen as mainstream, although the full restoration of the S&D is still considered problematical in some circles. Their moment of insight will come - probably on the day that petrol reaches £3 per litre ...
I am sure that the S&D will see enormous strides in 2011 and beyond. Early next year we'll be launching the Silver Street Bridge Fund, which will seek to raise the £1 million to rebuild the bridge that will link Midsomer Norton to the line down to Radstock and beyond to the network at Frome. Planning permission to rebuild Midford station will be sought and hopefully we'll start work down at Spetisbury. This is a really exciting time to be involved with the S&D! Yet just ten short years ago the whole line was in deep sleep ...