New rail station at heart of Bay's 'biggest urban extension'
- Credit: Torbay Council
Torquay’s planned new rail station could be at the heart of a large-scale development area on the outskirts of town, it has been revealed.
Work on the new £13million halt at Edginswell is expected to start in the spring of 2022.
Its estimated cost has risen by £4million since the project was first given planning permission by Torbay Council in November 2016. The consent expired a year ago and a new application will have to be submitted.
A council statement revealed: “The brand-new station will have a wide range of local benefits including creating travel, employment and housing opportunities in Torbay’s largest and most strategically important urban extension which will deliver over 550 new homes, 37,000sqm of commercial space and a new school.”
The project with an estimated cost of £9million in 2016 was put on hold after it missed out on Government funding in 2017.
But a fresh bid for support this summer backed by Torbay MP Kevin Foster has now been successful with £7.8million funding announced in the government’s recent Spending Review.
The council said the remaining £5.3million would come from its own resource and there was a sum allocated in the Town Deal for Torquay – a set of regeneration projects backed with further £22million Government funding package.
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The council statement welcomed the funding decision and said the station on open land between Newton Road and Riviera Way was expected to be completed in the winter of 2023/24.
It would be owned by Network Rail and run by the train operation company, currently Great Western Railway, which runs services on the line between Paignton and Newton Abbot.
The council’s Cabinet member for regeneration Swithin Long said it was predicted that every £1 invested would produce a benefit to the economy of almost £7.
Cabinet member for infrastructure Mike Morey said the station would be part of developing a low-carbon sustainable transport system to tackle climate change.