Laura Kearns 4 th Nov, 2017
CALLS have been made for a train line to be extended to cut down on ‘uncontrolled’ traffic at a new garden village.
Long Marston and the immediate surrounding area is set to see 6,000 new homes built which will house around 23,000 people. Businesses totalling some 13 football pitches will also be built on the site along with two primary schools and secondary schools.
And to cut down the increase in traffic, district councillor Peter Barnes is calling for the Honeybourne train line to be extended to Long Marston.
He hopes the line could have an extra 320 metres added and a shuttle service provided to carry people to the station, which links to Birmingham and London.
A line used by freight trains already exists between Long Marston and Honeybourne.
The councillor claims currently 40 per cent of rail users cycle to the station and that they could use Stratford Greenway to reach the Long Marston shuttle.
He said: “A rail shuttle service needs to be explored as an alternative to uncontrolled traffic growth on the wholly inadequate single lane road from Long Marston to Honeybourne.
“In addition, the car park at Honeybourne station is already full to capacity at an early hour on weekdays.
“This shuttle will do the job.”
He also believes that if a shuttle service was created, Long Marston-based train company Vivarail could provide the transport.
The company has created a train made from the shell of former London Underground tubes.
Bosses say they have a ‘crowd-busting’ layout, are quieter than normal trains and can be run by either diesel or electric.