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Plans to give rail station a makeover

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: July 26, 2012

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Frome Railway Station looks set to get a major makeover, if planners give the green light.

Network Rail submitted plans to the district council in June and it looks likely a decision will be reached in August.

The company responsible for the rail network across the UK, hopes to carry out repair and maintenance work, strengthening the station structure, installing a new CCTV and loud speaker system, repairing and re-painting the woodwork, carrying out masonry repairs, replacing the windows and renewing existing electrical services and the lighting system, on a like-for-like basis, that will comply with the Grade II-listed building consent required.

The electrics and lighting will also be rewired and renewed. The cost of the revamp is expected to be about £400,000.

In the design and planning statement submitted to the district council, Network Rail stated that the station shed has remained largely unaltered in its 162-year existence.

The plans were submitted by Jeremy Eaton, who said in the statement: "The railway station was designed by J R Hannaford in 1850. The original train shed remains almost entirely intact and is an exceptionally important example of its period and type still in use on the railway network in Great Britain.

"The development proposals are required to address the ongoing dilapidation issues with the building, to ensure its future structural integrity."

The unusual shed structure was opened in 1850 and is one of the oldest stations in the UK. It is on the Weymouth line and also serves the inter-city service between Reading and Penzance.

The application will also cover clearing the pigeon mess and vegetation growth, re-pointing of the chimney and a general tidying up of the area.

Network Rail spokesman John Baker said: "The expected cost is in the region of £400,000 and we hope to get planning approval in August and begin work sometime in September or October.

"We want to make it clear that the station will remain open during the works."

Anyone who would like to look at the plans can do so by visiting www.mendip.gov.uk, click on the search planning applications link and type in 2012/1531.

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