Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028


10.10 To further encourage modal shift the Council should, promote and protect land to enable the development of both passenger rail facilities and rail freight hubs where a suitable business case for such provision has been presented. The prerequisite for Council support would be:

  • A business case (to meet 'Network Rail' or successor body criteria);
  • An active promoter;
  • Evidence of financial wherewithal and a reasonable prospect of infrastructure implementation in the foreseeable future.
Until such prerequisites are met the Council will not seek to protect specific land for passenger or freight use owing to lack of evidence and potential blight.
Policy TA2: Rail

The Council shall encourage, promote and protect the development of land for both passenger rail facilities and rail freight hubs where there is robust evidence in support of developing infrastructure to widen transport choice.


10.11 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing Policy TA2:

  • South Somerset District Council;
  • Somerset County Council;
  • Developers and Landowners;
  • Rail Bodies.
Monitoring Indicators[1] Target
The promotion of passenger facilities and rail freight hubs. Delivery of appropriate rail facility once a business case has been proven 
1. Monitoring indicators are provided for the plan period only [back]