Anthony spoke to BBC Radio Devon earlier this week about his campaign to reopen Brent Station.
Brent Station closed in 1964 after serving the village of South Brent for 116 years. Along with Cllr. Richard Hosking, Cllr. Peter Smerdon and South Brent Parish Council, Anthony is consulting with local residents to get an understanding of what they want and will suit their needs.
Anthony says “Trains still run through the old South Brent Station. We’re looking at the opportunity to reopen it to bring a new generation of tourists down here, who leave their cars behind and use public transport. It’s really a gateway station, because from Brent you can get up onto Dartmoor and in the future you could possibly walk down to Kingsbridge on the Primrose Line.
The important point is to make sure that this station serves the needs of the local community and allows them to use the natural public transport links that are there. We’re pushing to take a feasibility study so that we can look at potential issues and address them.
Domestic tourism is likely to be very high in future years, so having the infrastructure there to be able to cater to those needs would be a really good way of welcoming people to a special part of the country.
This can happen if the general public is willing to take part in our survey and feed in their views, along with businesses and organisations like Dartmoor National Park. Let’s hope as many people as possible will take part in that survey and share my enthusiasm for reopening train stations.”
Take part in the survey here: https://www.anthonymangnall.co.uk/news/survey-re-opening-brent-station