Plans for Wilton Parkway train station remain on track

Wilton Parkway - site of proposed station and platform (no credit needed Graham Ellis TransWilts)

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:48am 17th August 2017. (Updated at 1:10pm 17th August 2017)

The announcement of a feasibility study moves the project further towards becoming a reality.

Plans for a new train station at Wilton are going to be examined in greater detail.

Wiltshire Council has announced they are carrying out a feasibility study that will assess the case for it adjacent to the Park & Ride site.

The study being carried out by Atkins, will also look at how viable it is to increase car parking and gain better access for buses, pedestrians, and cyclists at Salisbury railway station.

You can read more about those plans on our news page at www.spirefm.co.uk/news

The overall aim is to establish whether new rail infrastructure is able to meet local transport objectives, and whether it's possible to deliver the station improvements and rail services.

Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for transport, said:

"We know how important sustainable transport services are, and this is one of many projects we are leading to improve the transport offering in Wiltshire.

"We are pleased to support this feasibility project, however it is likely to be some years before any plans comes to fruition."

So it may not be full steam ahead just yet, but the feasibility study keeps the prospect of a new station at Wilton alive.

 Wilton Parkway Train Station official pictures (Cllr Peter Edge) (1)

LATEST UPDATE:

Councillor Peter Edge has told Spire FM that the Wilton Parkway scheme is now progressing towards "STAGE 3", with a total of 6 stages before completion. They include securing the funding, right through to building the railway platform.

If the feasibility study concludes the proposals are viable, the next stage would be to secure the funding.

Cllr Edge says stages 4/5/6 are about the actual 'delivery' of the project, which could be simpler than stages 1-3 which are focused on the planning, and making sure things are exactly right.

WHAT'S IT COSTING?

In September 2015 Wilton Town Team and the Town Council paid for an 'initial concept proposal' for the ambitious £5.5m Wilton Parkway station.

Wilton Parkway - Rail Minister (L) with Paul Johnson (R) Chair of TransWilts (no credit needed Graham Ellis TransWilts)

The Wilton Parkway plans have already had the backing of Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP (pictured left) and TransWilts chairman Paul Johnson

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