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Group tour former railway station

Campaigners at the old station
The group met with Network Rail officials after the visit

Councillors and business people hoping to get Wellington railway station reopened have had a fact-finding tour of the former station site.

At present the site is used to store gas tanks but if this was moved land adjacent to the West Country to London Paddington line could become available.

Group Trains for Wellington wants to see the station opened in 2014, the 50th anniversary of its closure.

A spokesman said the idea had "massive" local support.

"I think we made some real progress and there was a lot of valuable information which the Network Rail people were able to give us and many useful tips for going about things the right way," said campaigner and prospective Conservative candidate Mark Formosa.

"By working closely with the town council I hope to show them how they can do more to push the idea of reopening the station, which is an initiative that has massive public support locally.

"I was pleased that so many councillors came along to become better informed about the way the community can go about getting a new station for Wellington," he added.

A question and answer session with Network Rail officials followed the meeting.

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