Potentially, a bittersweet few days ahead for those who love Ashburton Station.
This Friday, DNPA Members will make a decision on whether to accept the recommendations of their Planning officers regarding the Chuley Road Masterplan, despite the strong concerns raised with them. If they do, the possibility of returning a railway to Ashburton station will certainly be lost forever.
Meanwhile, a former Ashburton branch locomotive is being prepared to return to the town for the first time since the line’s closure. On Saturday, GWR 0-4-2T No.1420 will join the carnival procession through Ashburton on a low-loader, courtesy of the South Devon Railway, for the town’s people to enjoy. It may turn out to be the final time anyone has the opportunity to see a locomotive in Ashburton.
A list of DNPA Members, who will make the decision, can be found here together with contact details: