The Anonymous Widower

The Proposal For Stonehenge And Wilton Junction Station

This article on the Salisbury Journal is entitled Wilton Railway Project On Track As Bid Submitted.

It starts with this paragraph.

An application to reopen the railway station in Wilton has reached the third round of the Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund.

There are also more details in the February 2021 Edition of Modern Railways.

The following sections give more information and some of my thoughts.

Station Name

The station appears to be called Stonehenge and Wilton Junction in all the articles and reports.

Station Location

This page on the TransWilts web site, says this about the station.

Wilton is at the junction between the Salisbury to Bristol line and the Salisbury to Exeter line.
It is 7 miles to Stonehenge Visitor Centre. A consultants report by Atkins shows an economic case and a developer for housing at the site has been identified. Station cost is in the order of £15m.

This Google Map shows the area.

Note.

  1. The Wilton Park-and-Ride site at the top of the Map.
  2. The railway going South-East and North-West across the map is the Wessex Main Line, that links Salisbury and Bristol.
  3. The railway going South-East and West across the map is the West of England Main Line, that links Salisbury and Exeter.
  4. Both routes are double track.

It would appear that the new station would have platforms on both rail lines through the station.

Station Design

If Atkins reckon the station can be built for £15 million as I quoted earlier, it can’t be a very grand station.

The Modern Railways article says this about the station.

A park-and-ride facility at the station would reduce congestion in the centre of Salisbury. Improving London services in the proposal improves the cost-benefit ratio, so what is now envisaged is a four-platform station, with platforms on both the TransWilts and the Yeovil to London lines. The thinking is that the new station could work in tandem with the lengthening of the Tisbury loop and other proposals for possible expansion on the South Western route to Exeter that was floated in the latest Network Rail Continuous Modular Strategy.

My feelings are that a radical approach could yield an efficient station with a smaller number of platforms.

Train services through the station could include.

  • GWR – Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour – Hourly – Transwilts Lines – Also calls at Salisbury
  • GWR – Great Malvern and Brighton or Southampton – Hourly – Transwilts Lines – Also calls at Salisbury
  • SWR – London Wareloo and Exeter – Hourly – Yeovil and London Lines – Also calls at Salisbury

There is also talk of extending the Transwilts hourly service between Swindon and Westbury to Salisbury and then on to Southampton via Romsey.

This would do the following.

  • Create a link to Southampton Airport.
  • Give the new station a Turn-Up-And-Go service to Salisbury.
  • The fourth service would mean that three services called on the Transwilts platforms and one service called on the Yeovil and London platforms.

So why not have one large platform between the two pairs of lines?

  • It would have a tunnel connecting it to the buses and the car parking.
  • One large lift would take passengers with limited mobility to the platform.
  • The Southern face of the platform, would handle all trains running on the Yeovil and London line. A single platform can easily handle an hourly fast service in both directions.
  • The Northern face of the platform, would handle all trains running on the Transwilts.
  • Three trains per hour (tph) in both directions, could probably be handled with some innovation and a long platform.

Why complicate everything with four platforms?

Link To Stonehenge

I haven’t been to Stonehenge since the 1950s, although I have observed it from traffic jams on nearby roads many times.

Surely, there is a chance here to connect the new station and the World Heritage Site with a zero-carbon battery or hydrogen bus.

As the distance between the station and Stonehenge is only about seven miles, it would probably be the easiest way to get large number of visitors to the unique site.

We probably need more well-planned zero-carbon bus links to historic, tourist and other important sites.

 

 

 

March 12, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. “We probably need more well-planned zero-carbon bus links to historic, tourist and other important sites.”

    Definitely. Not just historic sites either, but also satellite developments such as the those planned or underway at Wisley Airfield and Dunsfold Aerodrome. Both are distant from stations and are in areas where there is a desperate need to reduce road pollution and congestion and where public transport is poor/non-existent. Wisley is just over a mile from Effingham Junction on the Guildford New Line and Dunsfold is 6 miles from Witley station on the Portsmouth Direct Line. A regular, reliable zero-carbon link is just what’s needed.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | March 12, 2021 | Reply

  2. I once took a train with a property developer, who like me can’t drive because of a medical problem.

    He was working with Transport for London to develop housing sites on spare land near tube and Overground stations. He told me, that he can often develop without car parking very close or above a station.

    And guess what?

    These developments sell like hot cakes and are more profitable.

    Where I live, despite there being a lot of space for cars to park on the street, many of my neighbours don’t have a car.

    Comment by AnonW | March 12, 2021 | Reply

    • IIndeed. The problem is that councils and planners don’t seem to understand that – they assume everyone has a car (as do NHS vaccination organisers who insist on sending people to obscure centres that are almost unreachable without a car). There’s still far, far too much car-focused thinking and that absolutely has to change.

      Comment by Stephen Spark | March 12, 2021 | Reply

  3. I agree with you! But some are changing. My house needed handrails for a glass staircase and the experts were a firm in Sheffield. I expected the salesman/estimator to come by car, but as he had several jobs in London, he’d driven to Stanmore and taken the train to near me and walked.

    I chose to get vaccinated at the Francis Crick Centre, as I can get a bus from fifty metres away to outside the British Library. The Francis Crick must be the best-connected vaccination site in the UK, if not Europe or even the world!

    Comment by AnonW | March 12, 2021 | Reply

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