Pre Metro Operations are the preferred operator for a new £1m Light Rail link, running between Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital and Gobowen railway station.
The plans have been revealed by the Cambrian Heritage Railway Group, which has a longer-term ambition to reopen the line between Oswestry and Gobowen.
Speaking to Shropshire Weekly, Roger Date from the group said;
“The tram will be a model for the future…by the time passengers have sat down it will be time to get off again – and it will be a shuttle so it will keep going backwards and forwards”.
The journey is around 1.5 miles between the Hospital and Gobowen station, and takes around 25 minutes to walk.
The plans have also been welcomed by local Councillors and the Hospital. Speaking to the Oswestry & Border Chronicle, Councillor Mark Jones said;
“It is a very interesting idea, and there are certainly hundreds of staff, patients and visitors who travel to the hospital in cars and taxis every day”.
Mark Brandreth, the Hospital’s Chief Executive, said;
“Patients, visitors and staff come to RJAH (Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital) from far and wide, many relying on the train station to get here, and this would certainly make their lives easier”.
Gobowen station has rail services to and from Holyhead, Wrexham, Chester, Shrewsbury, Cardiff, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International. Recent footfall at the station is more than 220,000 people per year. Services terminating at the Hospital would be at Park Hall Halt.
Like the Stourbridge Shuttle model, costs would be far lower than a traditional rail model using conventional trains.