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Villagers' plea to reopen station

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Midlands Today reporter Joanne Writtle gives a tour of the Victorian railway station

More than 250 people attended a meeting calling for a Shropshire village's railway station to be reopened.

The Victorian building in Baschurch closed in the 1960s, but a campaign group said bringing it back into use would help stimulate the local economy.

Steve Boulding, from Baschurch Station Group, said he was "overwhelmed" by the support at the gathering.

A spokesman for Arriva Trains Wales said it would look at the business case for reopening the station.

This could be an interesting idea but it would be expensive
North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson

North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson, who chaired the meeting at Baschurch village hall, said a previous study showed it was not cost-effective to reopen the station.

However, he admitted the situation might have changed.

"The populations of the villages around here are increasing. More people are going by train.

"This could be an interesting idea but it would be expensive."

Baschurch Station Group said the owner of the building was prepared to sell it.

Richard Harper, from the Wrexham and Shropshire rail company, said he recognised the level of support for the station.

Some villagers said they were concerned house-building would increase in the village if the station reopened.

They want assurances roads will be improved to take account of extra traffic.



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