The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust WSRHT

The Coombes Report – statement by the Trust

Posted on January 29, 2016

Steam Trust backs implementation of The Way Ahead

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust supports the call by the Reform Group for an Extraordinary General Meeting of the West Somerset Railway Association to be held at an early date to ensure that the key recommendations of the Coombes report The Way Ahead can be agreed and implemented at an early date.

The Trust submitted evidence to the Coombes review and a representative of the Trust served on the Panel that produced the report. The conclusions of the report are supported, and the Trust believes that the recommendations should now be implemented, and that the uncertainty of the current position should not be allowed to continue through and into the forthcoming operating season.

Whilst the report was commissioned by WSRA, it touches on the future of the whole railway and the Steam Trust therefore has no hesitation in commending it to all involved in supporting the West Somerset Railway.

The Trust looks forward to working constructively with the Association, the Restorations team at Williton, the PLC and the other support groups on the railway to achieve its objectives of promoting the heritage of the West Somerset Railway.

29 January 2016

Chris Austin, OBE