The proposals could see shuttle trains connecting Taunton and Bishops Lydeard on peak days during Summer 2019.
This bid has been made to GWR’s Customer & Communities Improvement Fund and is in competition with hundreds of others from around the Great Western Network.
Results of the bid should be announced later in 2018, and the service could start at the end of May 2019.
Great Western Railway will be running the diesel trains that connect with the WSR and their steam trains from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead.
WSR and GWR have worked together on improving the link between the two railways for some time. The train operating company already offers through ticketing to the WSR from staffed stations, including the connecting service which is provided by Buses of Somerset route 28 from Taunton station.
What did the officials say?
Paul Conibeare, General Manager said:
“We are extremely grateful to GWR and the LEP in their support for this Bid application, next year is the Fortieth Anniversary, as Operator of England’s Longest Heritage Railway, so what a better way to link into our existing Steam Services to Minehead”
“With the refurbishment of Taunton Station, a new Car Park and Re-furbished Great Western Hotel, there is no better time to start the new Shuttle service”
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