Minister makes secret visit to new station site

Minister makes secret visit to new station site

A TransWilts train repainted in new GWR colours, carrying the Minister of Transport Paul Maynard made a secret ‘dummy whistle-stop’ at the proposed Wilton Parkway site this morning, Thursday, March 2.

It was the first time a passenger train has stopped at the Wilton site.

Mr Maynard awarded the TransWilts Designated Service last September and came to experience the line to see future plans for himself. GWR provided a demonstration TransWilts service Swindon to Salisbury with a dummy stop at the Wilton Station site.

“It was a pleasure to ride on this special TransWilts train today and see first-hand all the hard work which is going in to make this Community Partnership Railway successful,” Paul Maynard said.

“These railways are good for communities increasing revenue, reducing costs, increasing community involvement and supporting social and economic development.

“Across the country there are about 3,200 rail volunteers who work 250,000 hours each year, helping to improve stations and reduce vandalism.”

The TransWilts Line is one of the fastest growing lines in the country and has seen passenger numbers grow year on year. In 2015, more than 215,000 journeys on the line, nearly a 20% increase on the previous year.

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