Vision to bring back rail link between Buckfastleigh and Ashburton appears in yesterdays Herald Express.
A MULTI-MILLION pound vision to reinstate the old steam railway line connecting Buckfastleigh to Ashburton has been outlined. The Friends of Ashburton Station have put together a proposal which is the first stage in saving the station building as a heritage asset
To: Dartmoor National Park Authority
Save Ashburton Railway Station
Include the Railway Station Building as a protected Building (and re-list as a listed building) as part of the Chuley Road Master Plan.
For details see http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/planning/pl-forwardplanning/masterplans-and-development-briefs/ashburton-masterplan
Why is this important?
This is a unique terminus building with a roof attributed to I K Brunel. It was built before 1872 when the line from Totnes to Ashburton was opened. It was taken over by the Dart Valley Railway in 1965 but because the A38 Dual carriageway was about to be build on the track bed between Ashburton and Buckfastleigh this was not part of the Light Railway order of April 1969. It then became a garage (Station Garage) which is likely to be closed in the future and the building and the area around it developed. It is not a listed building but is of historical importance. It needs protection from demolition.
See http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/a/ashburton/ for information
If you wish to write to Dartmoor National Park Authority please still do so.
How it will be delivered
The original petition was delivered in person on Thursday 11th December 2014 - the day before the last day to receive comments on the Master Plan. The Master Plan has now gone back for further Consultation and I intend to re-submit the petition with the extra 800 plus signatures (to date) added.