News - Past Railway Closures - Letter to Bournemouth Daily Echo

NEW - Tuesday, 9th September 2014

NEW - Tuesday, 9th September 2014

Email from Councillor Ron Whittaker to letters@bournemouthecho.co.uk
2nd September 2014
Past Railway Closures

Sir,

Yes the air festival as reported was a massive success, bringing hundreds of thousands into Bournemouth from all parts of the country, and yes traffic chaos, and it is NOT going to get any better with predicted house building in the south, many comments made about the existing road infrastructure is no longer fit for purpose, agree. All this was highlighted in many past reports, none more so than in the 1991 by east-west corridor transportation study. Answer clearly shows the WHOLE ill advised decision in the 60s saw the senseless slaughter/sabotage of the many then branch lines in Dorset and Hampshire, we all know many of these lines then small villages, now large growing conurbations, such as Wimborne/Ringwood/West Moors, Ashley Heath on to Brockenhurst, that line called the old road, then Somerset and Dorset line, trains from then Bournemouth West all stations north, on Saturdays all carriages full with visitors, station demolished in the 70s for construction of the Wessex way part of the road. Again the line through to Blandford/Sturminster Newton, and onto Evercreech junction and Bath. Passing through the Mendips/Midsomer Norton. Again all growing communities, all the arguments so well presented in the final book on the last rites on the Somerset and Dorset, by Jeffery Grayer in 2006.

Unfortunately both Governments had little if any vision, the car, road transport was king, only to see who so many towns and villages up and down the country became discounted from easy rail access, Beeching had no vision when one reads his report on reshaping of British Railways. Which leaves us all with today's traffic chaos.

ONE OF THE PHOTOS SHOWS BOURNEMOUTH WEST WITH STEAM ENGINES IN THE STATION, PLUS WIMBORNE STATION AND SIGNAL BOX.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Throop and Muscliff Ward,
Glenmeadows Drive, Kinson, Bournemouth.