Exmoor Associates has announced that they have become owners of the former Bratton Fleming station on the Lynton & Barnstaple line.
The purchase, which was completed earlier this month, means that the station is now secured for future railway use, following an appeal earlier this year.
David Cameron, Co-director of Exmoor Associates, told RailAdvent “We should like to express our deep gratitude to the several hundred supporters of the L&B who so generously donated to the appeal to buy the station.
“There are many who gave through the crowd-funding website JustGiving for whom we have no contact details, many again who made donations directly to Exmoor Associates – those who provided interest-free loans – and of course, those who bought the £500 slots to become a Friend of Bratton; without your help, the station could have slipped through our fingers until goodness knows when it came up for sale again.”
In the short term, the station will be leased out, which will provide three things:
- Provide security
- Cover its running costs
- Generate a surplus towards the railway’s reinstatement
David also said: “As the station is going to be someone’s home, we would ask that their privacy is respected; however, they have agreed that all Friends of Bratton will be invited to open-days at the station (once this COVID crisis is hopefully a thing of the past) when they will be able to visit and inspect what they have helped to buy.”
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