Kemble to Cirencester railway restoration plan

A surprise plan has been announced to reopen the Kemble to Cirencester railway line.

One of the pleasures on reaching the source of the Thames in a remote Gloucestershire meadow is that there is a railway station nearby.

However, many walkers would like to pause at the end rather than catch a train from Kemble station on the same day. Most bed and breakfast accommodation is a few miles away in nearby Cirencester rather than the village.

The branch line to Cirencester was closed in 1964.

Cotswold District Council cabinet has considered a plan to restore the three mile track. Consideration is being given to having a light driverless train service as run by the Docklands Light Railway in east London.

The main expense in relaying the track would be near Kemble where the Thames Path crosses the main road. It is at this point that a railway bridge has been demolished.

There were two halts between Kemble and Cirencester. One was Park Leaze Halt just north of Ewen and next to a bed and breakfast farm.

Supporters are suggesting that the line could be reopened sometime between 2019 and 2021.

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