Movement sought on linking Marlborough to the rail network
Marlborough Town Council voted at Monday's meeting of Full Council (November 6) to request Wiltshire Council to carry out a feasibility study on the plans to re-connect the town to the rail network.
This follows the presentation to Council last month by Transition Marlborough - which brought verbal support from councillors.
When the plan was first unveiled in 2013, the Council's Planning Committee had passed a resolution of support. Since then Wiltshire Council's refusal to have a feasibility study had stifled other important support for the scheme.
Claire Perry MP had been partially supportive of the scheme, but had said that other rail schemes - opening stations at Corsham, Royal Wootton Bassett and Wilton - were priorities. Presumably priorities for Wiltshire Council.
One point raised at Monday's meeting was that it was thought that raising the height of the bridge over the A346 would be 'a major engineering project' and would increase the cost.
The Town Clerk will now write to Councillor Horace Prickett, who is Wiltshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Transport, asking for the feasibility study.
Wiltshire Council is currently using part of a government transport grant for feasibility studies into improvements to Salisbury Station and opening a station at Wilton.
Councillor Nick Fogg: "It's a very good plan - you can't proceed without a feasibility study. The Town Clerk will now write to Councillor Horace Prickett who is Wiltshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Transport, asking for a feasibility study. One Councillor voted against.