Swanage Railway was awarded a £1.47m Government grant from the Coastal Communities Fund in February 2013 to re-introduce a regular train service from Swanage and Corfe Castle to Wareham by spring 2015 - with the aim of boosting transport, tourism and employment boost to the Isle of Purbeck.
The funding bid bid was supported by the Purbeck Community Rail Partnership including Purbeck District Council, Dorset County Council, Poole Borough Council, Network Rail and South West Trains and Perenco which runs the Wytch Farm oil field north of Corfe Castle.
Swanage Railway is also working in conjunction with the Swanage and Purbeck Hospitality Association and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver improved transport and communication links to the residents and businesses of Purbeck.
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