Cambrian Heritage Railways Ltd (CHR)are delighted to report the success of their application to the Department for Transport for feasibility funding of up to £50,000 from the Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund, an application supported by our local MP Owen Paterson. This acknowledgment of support will greatly assist with developing the opportunities that can be derived from a direct rail link to the national network at Gobowen.

The project is being promoted in two phases, with the first phase connecting Gobowen to Park Hall Halt, adjacent to the Orthopaedic Hospital and the second phase extending onwards to Oswestry, a total distance of 2.4miles. Feasibility studies will assist with delivering a business case for the project including the solutions for infrastructure works to pass beneath the A5 at Pentre Clywydd.

CHR would like to acknowledge the support of numerous partners who have assisted with the application and contributed the required match funding including the Shrewsbury Chester Rail Partnership and Pre-Metro Operations and Oswestry BID.

Roger Date, Chairman, Cambrian Heritage Railways, Ltd.

Adele Nightingale, Oswestry BID Manager added that she too is delighted by this news, she said ‘this is great news for CHR but also for Oswestry as a whole.  This fund recognises all the hard work done by CHR to date and Oswestry BID have been pleased to support and will continue to do so. 

Connecting us back to the main network at Gobowen would open up so many opportunities for our town’s businesses and residents and give a tremendous boost to our economy on many levels’.

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