All clear for Middy extension

THE award-winning Mid-Suffolk Light Railway has been given the green light to extend 400 yards to a new terminus, despite opposition from the local parish council.

Steam in action at Brockford & Wetheringsett station in the form of Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST Falmouth Docks and Engineering Co. No. 3 and Hudswell, Clarke 0-6-0ST Wissington. The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway has now been given the green light to become a ‘somewhere to somewhere’ line. BRIAN SHARPE

On January 25, Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead to the line’s proposed 400-yard extension to a new terminus, Wilby Halt, taking the standard gauge line to three-quarters of-a-mile for the first time.

Wetheringsett-cum-Brockford Parish Council, which had originally backed the scheme, made an about turn after some local residents complained.

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The parish council expressed concerns over the impact of the project on the nearest property, Potash Cottage, through noise, smoke and smut, and also its potential interference with a public footpath. It was also said that Wilby Halt would be too large.

However, a report by district council planning officers recommended that the application to lay the extension be approved.

Read more in Issue 225 of Heritage Railway – out now!

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