The LibDem's Cunning Plan
Tuesday 12 July 2022
Feasible Financially : Far-fetched Fultility?
There is a bit of a craze at the moment for reopening closed branch and subsidiary lines; various campaign groups have clamoured for a small slice of a small cake of "government money" barely enough to fund a very minimalist feasibility study. So, in North Devon, the Liberal Democratic Party is pushing for the re-opening of the line from Barnstable to Bideford.
Devon was, prior to nationalisation, a hotbed of competition between The Great Western (GW) and the Southern Railway (SR) companies. You see it in their maps. Here is a chunk of an SR based map ...
The GW terminus in Barnstaple was at Victoria Road.RED road (A139) and the YELLOW road, just above the name Newport. The A139 and the GREEN road (leaving the map right centre) are built on the track bed of the former GW line.
There is nothing left of the railway infrastructure, all being replaced with modern industrial premises.
But, belay that thought! Could Grosvenor Church, on the opposite side of the road from the station replacement buildings ...
Victoria Road station closed in 1960, but trains continued to run until the line as a whole closed in 1966. They were diverted round a link line that led to Barnstaple Junction station.
... dumps you into a delightful industrial estate ...
... and forms the focus of the LibDem's re-opening aims, and also the focus of tomorrow's blog!
A Bitter Pill - a P.S.
Alan shares today's journey experience between Bedford and Northampton, a route with campaigned Richard Pill wants to see re-opened.
The problem for Mr. Pill is that there is no interest from the relevant local authorities (Bedford Borough, West Northants) in re-opening the Northampton to Bedford railway line.
Oooh, Siddy, green and white tiles! And cables. And a mucky "tunnel" roof! How exciting!!
Is the gin flavoured with some non-poisonous brake dust concoction? Does a disembodied but mellifluous male voice intone "Mind the gap" (Mind the gep?) at frequent intervals with a devolved "Oxford" pronunciation?
Next Bideford blog : Wednesday 13th July