A 500-signature petition calls for the re-establishment of a railway platform at Grimstone.
Villagers want to see Grimstone Platform reestablished as demand shutdown
A 500 signature petition calls for the reinstatement of the Grimstone rail platform as a demand stop.
Petition organizer Jack Bleasdale says surrounding villages have no public transport and those without access to a car may well use the rail line – if the platform could be reopened as a ‘stop.
The petition was sent to Network Rail, MP Chris Loder and Dorset Council.
Mr Bleasdale says that although the station building has been demolished, there is a gap between the Minster Fuel depot and the Grimstone Viaduct for a 40-60m platform.
Grimstone and Frampton Station opened in January 1857 and was closed in October 1966.
Mr Bleasdale said: “This is a golden opportunity to provide a much needed public service to a network of desperately needed villages… We need a platform and access to it and it would revolutionize all the villages around Frampton and Stratton. ”
He says that without a bus service and £ 13 one-way taxi fares, there might be enough people willing to use the service to make it work.
Dorset advisor for the region, David Taylor, supports the proposal. He says it could be a relatively cheap and efficient way to provide better transport links for villages while reducing the need for car or taxi trips, thus contributing to the climate emergency.
Cllr Taylor says he’s also interested in exploring how to best use existing bike paths, bridleways and trails to allow people to travel safely.