LOTTERY GRANT TO FUND RE­BUILD OF CRANMORE’S SEC­OND PLATFORM

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Cranmore sta­tion on the East Som­er­set Rail­way is to get a sec­ond platform, thanks to a £46,500 grant from the Her­itage Lottery Fund. The for­mer Down platform will be re­con­structed, along with a close replica of the orig­i­nal wait­ing room – both hav­ing been de­mol­ished by BR in the 1960s. The lat­ter will be­come an ed­u­ca­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen­tre, dis­play­ing the his­tory of the Witham-Yat­ton line and its links to lo­cal in­dus­tries, such as quar­ry­ing. With a to­tal bud­get of £65,000, the pro­ject will be un­der­taken in two stages with ini­tial con­struc­tion work ex­pected to be­gin dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018, and the aim be­ing to open the ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre at the end of the year. The sec­ond phase, for which HLF funds will also be sought, will in­clude work on the orig­i­nal 1858 sta­tion build­ing. ESR Chair­man Dick Mas­ters said: “The ESR has en­joyed a sig­nif­i­cant up­turn in its fi­nan­cial per­for­mance in the last few years and is able to con­trib­ute to the fund­ing of each phase. “The op­er­a­tional ben­e­fits will come a bit later. Once the platform is com­plete, we will look at the work, mainly track and sig­nalling, needed to op­er­ate trains from that side.”

RICHARD WIL­LIAMS

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the ESR’s re­built platform and wait­ing shel­ter.

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