Cambrian Oswestry revival gets £120K council boost

CAMBRIAN Heritage Railways is set to be given a £120,000 grant from Oswestry Town Council to develop a tourist line to Weston.

Councillors have indicated support for the revivalists’ plan to run 1¼ miles from the former Cambrian Railways headquarters building at the town centre station in Oswald Road south to Weston, where a visitor centre would be developed next to the Stonehouse Brewery.

Oswestry station was once the headquarters of the Cambrian Railways. ROBIN JONES

The railway claims the line would attract an extra 20,000 visitors a year to Oswestry and input an additional £1.28 million into the local economy. The railway claims the figure could be much higher, bearing in mind the close proximity of the station to the town centre.

The town council has agreed to provide £120,000 on the basis of the current business case.

However, the project relies on structural improvements to the Salop Road bridge which Shropshire Country Council has promised to carry out.

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