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Councillors want major role in Heritage rail bid
9:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
LUDGERSHALL councillors say they want to take a major role in the possible heritage railway line between Andover and Ludgershall and want to convene a meeting of interested parties, including Andover Town Council.
They were heartened by news that local MP Claire Perry has pledged her support for the idea. She said: “Let me know any areas you would like help in due course.”
Her help could be crucial as she is Parliamentary Private Secretary to Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Defence – and the c u r r e n t users and owners of this line are the military.
Andover MP Sir G e o r g e Young, a f o r m e r transport minister, now chief whip, has already pledged his support for the idea.
The originator of the idea, Chris Aukland, has expanded his vision of a heritage rail line linking the two communities to also include a museum of Army transport, similar to the one that used to exist in Beverley in Yorkshire.
Councillor Tony Pickernell said: “I think it is worth having a meeting to draw out the ifs and buts and to see what our options are.”
Some councillors were concerned about a rumour that the MoD was considering selling off some of the rail sidings in Ludgershall but most councillors thought this unlikely.
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