Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Saturday, October 08, 2011
(Photos courtesy Jim Type, copyright C L Caddy Collection)
On the branch today, two excellent shots of Shapwick, both late 50s/early 60s.
The branch is something of a dilemma to us. Whilst clearly Wells andf Glastonbury both need to be connected to the network ASAP, as does Burnham, it's not clear that a long branch connecting at Evercreech and Highbridge is the best way to serve these places in the future. Glastonbury and Wells would probably benefit more from a logical route across the Mendips to a junction somewhere in the Masbury area, giving this sizeable town and city a direct connection to Bristol and Bath. But perhaps a change at Highbridge or Evercreech is not such a bad option from the economic point of view. There's also the Cheddar Valley route that shadows this line somewhat to the north, which could perhaps be used instead, linking Wells and Glastonbury to Yatton. There's also the flooding problem on the original branch, which will only get worse with time.
The only definite re the branch is that clearly both Wells and Glastonbury will need rail connection in the not too distant future!