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West Somerset Railway will not be sold

Somerset County Council are shelving plans to sell the West Somerset Railway.

Two proposals were submitted a week ago to buy the tourist attraction by local groups, but the neither will be taken forward.

Councillors say their priority is to ensure the continued operation of the popular attraction.

Our priority throughout this proposal has been to safeguard the future of a much-loved railway. In the end it all comes down to the simple fact that neither proposal fully met our criteria.

– John Osman, Council Leader

The West Somerset Railway is extremely important to Somerset, attracting thousands of visitors to the area and contributing greatly to the local economy. It’s important that the railway continues to operate as normal, and we’re committed to making sure that happens.

– Cllr David Hall, Cabinet member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy

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Railway line crash woman had a 'lucky escape'

A young woman had a lucky escape today after her car plunged 25 feet from a bridge onto a railway line.

The car hit track owned by the West Somerset Railway at Norton Fitzwarren near Taunton and then bounced backwards into a ditch.

The driver escaped with a few scratches and managed to make her way back onto the main road as help arrived.

Interviews: Andy Berry, digger driver, and Paul Conibeare from West Somerset Railway

Third incident at railway bridge since June last year

The bridge where the accident happened is over track used by the West Somerset Railway Credit: ITV News West Country

West Somerset Railway says today's crash is the third to have happened at the bridge in Norton Fitzwarren since June last year.

This is the first where the car actually landed on the track. The driver was not hurt and the Ford Fiesta has been removed.

Car crashes onto railway line near Taunton

The driver of the car escaped with barely a scratch Credit: ITV News West Country

A car has crashed through a hedge and dropped 25 feet on to the railway line at Norton Fitzwarren near Taunton.

The driver, a young woman, walked away from the accident with hardly a scratch. The Ford Fiesta has been removed from the track by a digger driver working on a nearby industrial estate.

The railway connects the main line at Taunton with the West Somerset steam railway and there has been no disruption to services.This is the third incident at this bridge since June last year.

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