The appointment of consultants to prepare a business case is seen as an important step towards the return of the 3.3-mile Oswestry-Gobowen line to the national passenger network after almost 60 years.
Encouraged by the Government’s award of £50,000 from its Restoring Your Railway fund, Cambrian Heritage Railways (CHR) envisages the use of lightweight Parry People Mover vehicles (as used on the Stourbridge branch).
Stantec UK and Allan Rail will be examining how much business can be generated by the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen, whose station is the junction for the Shrewsbury-Chester line and has direct links to Merseyside.
The aim is to present the reopening case to the Department for Transport in the autumn.
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