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RAIL PRIVATISATION HITS COUNTY'S STATION BUILDING PLAN

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Gloucestershire CC has found that getting a railway station built has doubled in cost and complexity with rail priv...
Gloucestershire CC has found that getting a railway station built has doubled in cost and complexity with rail privatisation, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

The county council wants to rebuild the station at Ashchurch. Before the railway privatisation Act was passed in 1994, Gloucestershire paid British Rail £500,000 to have a nearby station rebuilt.

But with the division of British Rail into separate companies, negotiations have proved complex, the county council's transport services manager Mike Taplin told Today.

'We've had monthly meetings since May 1994 and we're just about ready to sign seven legal agreements to get the station built', Mr Taplin said. 'The price has also gone up staggeringly'. Ashchurch station is expected to cost the council £1m.
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