Jan 2023 – Somerset.  Strawberry Line

Three new sections of railway path have opened on the ex-GWR Wells & Witham branch in Somerset. The Strawberry Line announced the opening of a new 1km section of path on Christmas Eve 2022, running from Station Road at Westbury-sub-Mendip to Erlon Lane byway. The path was designed and built by Greenways & Cycleroutes Ltd., with financial and political support from Mendip District Council. At Westbury-sub-Mendip (Lodge Hill), the goods shed survives in excellent condition. Meanwhile, about five miles east, on the other side of Wells, a short extension has been made to the Wells – Dulcote trail at the latter location. Finally, the Millennium Way has been extended east in Shepton Mallet, a path held up due to an earlier HRE objection to the planning application. Elsewhere in the town, work to develop a Shepton Viaducts Trail from the A37 (Charlton Road, Shepton) to Ham Wood Viaduct has stalled because the erstwhile owner of Winsor Hill Tunnels and Ham Wood Viaduct has been struck off by Companies House. (RR)