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« Reply #30 on: July 08, 2020, 12:51:15 pm »

Reading the Wiltshire Times article I had to smile at the statement "within five years", if the progress on Portway Parkway is anything to go by you might want to add a zero to the five but then being Wiltshire it could happen because it's not Bristol !!!!

It's within the election cycle, with a conservative council, a conservative MP who's part of the inner circle, at a time of a conservative government, on a line with a service that could stop there, a strong local sentiment, ticks climate change and integrated transport boxes, and has what looks to me like a good business case.  The ducks might be in a line. Mind - it would be the first (re)opening in Wiltshire since 1985.

All sounds very hopeful. Remind us, grahame: Which Wiltshire station re-opened in 1985?
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« Reply #31 on: July 08, 2020, 03:38:04 pm »

All sounds very hopeful. Remind us, grahame: Which Wiltshire station re-opened in 1985?

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« Reply #32 on: August 28, 2020, 06:42:17 pm »

Presumably the train which narrowly avoided hitting a person in Devizes earlier today was being transported by road at the time? Note the phrase IN Devizes.

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« Reply #33 on: August 28, 2020, 08:09:05 pm »

Well it is in the Devizes parliamentary constituency. 
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« Reply #34 on: August 29, 2020, 08:47:21 am »

Yup, on the rails!
https://www.wiltshire999s.co.uk/man-taken-to-hospital-after-narrowly-avoiding-being-hit-by-train-in-devizes/
The man was reportedly walking in the middle of the track, only jumping out of the way of the oncoming Great Western Railway (GWR) train with just seconds to spare. Continues..
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« Reply #35 on: August 29, 2020, 09:37:00 am »

Yup, on the rails!
https://www.wiltshire999s.co.uk/man-taken-to-hospital-after-narrowly-avoiding-being-hit-by-train-in-devizes/
The man was reportedly walking in the middle of the track, only jumping out of the way of the oncoming Great Western Railway (GWR) train with just seconds to spare. Continues..

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A man was nearly hit by a train whilst walking on the railway line near Devizes this morning.

Emergency services were sent to the scene at around 7.40am following a call from a railway control room reporting that a train had narrowly missed colliding with a person in Urchfont.

A spokesperson for the British Transport Police said: “We were called at 7.40am to reports of a person on the tracks in Lydeway.

A couple of miles from Devizes ... about a mile from Urchfont.  Lydeway is half a mile away.

///responded.kickers.professed is more accurate I suspect - the location from which the picture illustrating the article was taken, and where the A342 crossed the railway line.
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« Reply #36 on: August 29, 2020, 09:42:21 am »

Presumably the train which narrowly avoided hitting a person in Devizes earlier today was being transported by road at the time? Note the phrase IN Devizes.

http://www.terrascope.co.uk/images/Devizes_train.png

A frequent type of error on local news websites staffed by deskbound junior reporters with no knowledge of their patch. I recall an incident at Hampstead Norreys being attributed to Newbury, eight miles away.

Another annoyance is league tables of "Reading's most expensive streets", where the top entries are in Wargrave, Shiplake and other "desirable" villages.
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« Reply #37 on: January 12, 2021, 09:57:10 am »

From the Gazette and Herald

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It?s full steam ahead for ambitious plans for a new station to serve the Devizes community.

The Department for Transport is funding a study into the potential for a new rail station called Devizes Gateway, about 3.4 miles from Devizes Market Place, close to Lydeway, to serve the Devizes area.

A new survey has been launched to garner people's opinions.

No?l Woolrych, Devizes Development Partnership Director, said: ?It is expected that there would be an hourly service: east to Pewsey, Newbury, Reading and London and west to Westbury, for connections to the South West, Bath, Bristol and Salisbury etc.

"This work is being led by the Devizes Development Partnership (DDP) and Wiltshire Council, in conjunction with Danny Kruger MP, who are keen to hear the views of local people. Please complete the survey below - noting that Devizes Gateway is unlikely to be open before 2025 so please answer on the basis of how you would travel if COVID-19 did not exist."

There are links in the article ... however, following one of them I got the following sign-up request and I'll leave to individual members to follow the links and decide if they're happy with this, which appears to be the newspaper building up a mailing list??

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« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2021, 07:40:03 am »

The railway will no longer be leaving the town to its own Devizes.

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« Reply #39 on: January 15, 2021, 03:20:56 am »

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From Adelaide to Devizes: Town's railway rediscovered in Australia

A new station on the outskirts of Devizes will soon offer people the chance to revisit what was once an integral part of the market town.

Devizes railway station ? on the branch line between Holt Junction to Patney & Chirton Junction - operated between 1857 and 1966.

The Reading-Hungerford line was quickly extended in 1862 westward via Pewsey to Devizes, reaching the station through a tunnel under Devizes Castle, in what proved to be the busiest period for the Devizes station.

The line was entirely closed in 1966, and now there is little trace of what once was a bustling rail community.
Tracks were pulled up, station buildings demolished and the line's tunnel beneath Devizes Castle bricked up at one end.

But now, the chance to experience the railway of Devizes in its heyday is possible thanks to Caleb Jenkins over in Adelaide, Australia.

The modeller has painstakingly pieced together a detailed layout of what used to be a bustling and lively set of rails in the market town.

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