Land has been earmarked alongside the Fareham-Eastleigh railway line for a station to serve the planned 6,000-home garden village at Welborne.
Fareham Lib Dems strongly support the idea – our Planning and Development spokesman Cllr Jim Forrest has convened meetings between Council officers and rail chiefs to advance the project.
Fareham Council has put the case for a Welborne station in its response to a consultation by Transport for the South East.
However, the Council quotes a cost of £68-78million, based on a study by Network Rail.
That figure assumes “maximum risk” for all aspects of the project, with provision of station buildings from the outset. The pressure group Railfuture estimates a basic station could be provided at much lower cost in the early stages of Welborne. See details here.
A single-platform station at Cranbrook, Devon, a similar development to Welborne, opened in 2015 at a cost of £5million.
Giving residents access to a rail link from the start would encourage rail travel rather than car use, building a customer base which would enable a more elaborate station to be developed as the village grows.