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Swindon to Kemble redoubling project not included on list of saved schemes

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: October 19, 2010

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CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to continue fighting for improvements to a key railway line after the scheme was left off a list of projects which will be spared the Government's public spending axe.

The planned £50 million redoubling of the Swindon to Kemble route has been on ice since the coalition announced its comprehensive spending review earlier this year.

Industry experts say the improvement will speed up services between Cheltenham and London.

With the announcement of where the cuts will fall due tomorrow, Chancellor George Osborne has named five infrastructure projects which he plans to save – but the list does not include the redoubling.

Cheltenham's Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood said: "I am pretty disappointed the Swindon to Kemble scheme is not on there.

"That does not mean we have given up hope that it can be saved or that we are going to stop lobbying for it.

"I know both I and my fellow Gloucestershire MPs are fully supportive of this and we will continue to fight."

The line from Kemble to Swindon runs for 15 miles but includes a tunnel under Kemble.

It consists of one track, which means a limited service for both passengers and freight connecting Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud with Swindon and London.

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    Danny, Gloucestershire  |  October 19 2010, 8:42AM

    Although this is a highly desirable project I think it would be preferable to develop the Triangle and introduce a cherent transport policy for Gloucestershire that included Parkway station. I do not believe that redoubling the Kemble line would lead to any significant increase in rail traffic to London, There is plenty of spare capacity. This spare capacity should be utilised before consideration was given to spending £50m.