Rail campaigners in Somerset have welcomed a new service that connects Yeovil’s two railway stations for the first time in 50 years.
South West Trains and Network Rail Alliance proposed the link between Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction in March this year, and after public consultation and a lengthy regulatory process, were able to open it on December 14.
Independent transport action group Railfutures has cheered the move.
"More connections means more options for travellers which will hopefully make rail travel more attractive,” Nigel Bray, Severnside branch secretary said.
“It makes it increasingly possible to make rail journeys between Devon and South Dorset. And it will be much more convenient for people with luggage or pushchairs than using buses or taxis."
South West Trains will operate ten trains per day on weekday afternoons and evenings.
"We hope that in due course this will be extended to a regular all-day week-round service,” Mr Bray said.
“Rail use is booming, so we're confident it will be a success"
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