Last week, Claire Perry joined the celebrations at Pewsey Station and together with stationmaster, Trevor Beaven formally opened the new passenger footbridge. The modern footbridge, has improved lighting making it safer for passengers in winter and at night, and has replaced the old bridge which was installed in 1969, having previously been in use at Cookham Station.
Claire also helped to celebrate the work of the Pewsey-Devizes Bus Group which has worked so hard, together with Wiltshire Council to improve the viability of the Connect 2 bus services in the Pewsey area. Many months of community consultation has resulted in a mix of ‘hail and ride’ and bookable services, including an express bus route from Devizes to Pewsey and an evening service Wednesday-Saturday.
Commenting, Claire said:
“Protecting our local rail services is one my local priorities and the investment in the new footbridge demonstrates the commitment to our rail services at Pewsey.
Also, from 2018 rail users at Pewsey will benefit from the new AT300 Hitachi bi-modal trains which will call at the station to and from the West Country, replacing the 40 year-old High Speed Trains.
I am delighted too, that the number of bus services meeting trains at Pewsey has also been improved thanks to the work of the Pewsey-Devizes bus group and Wiltshire Council – a welcome boost for rail users, parents of teenagers, and many other people who rely on our bus services across the area.”