Working to re-establish the rail link to Kemble
How many University Towns have not got a railway station? Cirencester used to have three stations, but the 'Beeching' cutbacks in the 1960's closed the last one. Now we have to get to Kemble, Swindon or Cheltenham by road.
We can reduce our carbon footprint, save cost and time, and put Cirencester back on the map by re-opening the old line to the outskirts of the town.
The route is only about 8km - less than 6 miles long, and is very level most of the way, so it's a lot easier than many of the routes that are under discussion around the UK.
It's time we had a connection to the main line railway system again!
Clearly we can't put back the line along the old route to end near Tetbury Road - the dual carriageway has occupied that route. We need to bring the line as near to the town centre as possible - an easy walk from the Market Place.
So we're going to follow the old route some of the way, but branch off to pass the entrance of the RAU, the run alongside Tetbury Road down the hill, to halt opposite the Station Car Park - very near to where the station used to be!
We plan to put our new Main Station on open land opposite the RAU, so there's lots of room for a car park, and it's convenient for Deer Park, Ciren College and the proposed Chesterton Development.
We propose using a battery electric railcar - quiet, efficient and eco-friendly.
We have drafted a Scheme document to help explain the details, options and some solutions. It is still a work-in-progress and doesn't have all the answers, but you can read and download the latest version of the Scheme here.
The track has been removed, but the path is still clear almost all the way up to the point where we head off across the fields. It would take up some of the car park at Kemble Station, but they won't need to park so many cars there and more space is available at the new Station!