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MP: Bringing railway line back would be too costly

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 30, 2013

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RESTORING a stretch of railway line linking Cirencester to the county's main rail network would be prohibitively expensive, says Cotswold MP Geoffrey-Clifton Brown.

Railway historian Peter Grace called for the three-mile stretch of railway line, which ran between Love Lane Industrial Estate and Kemble, to be brought back to link the town up to the main network.

The call for the move, which he said would help to ease traffic congestion, comes 50 years after the line was axed as part of the controversial Beeching Report.

But Mr Clifton- Brown said it would be "hugely expensive" to bring the railways back.

He told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "We know how expensive it was to redouble the line between Swindon and Kemble and that's an existing line.

"To actually re-establish a line I think would be very expensive."

He said the line could be brought back into use for cyclists however. "We might not get the railway back but we might get a cycle track," he added.

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  • TimMessanger  |  March 30 2013, 2:17PM

    Too costly, yep the government gave a big tax cut to the highest earners, get prisoners to reinstate the line by hand!