Report of Colonel W Yolland (Board of Trade Railway Inspector)
into the proposed opening of the Radstock Branch

23rd October 1854

Original Document - Public Record Office, Kew. MT6 11/109


Frome, 23rd October 1854

Sir,


In obedience to the instructions contained in your letter of the 19th instant, I have this day inspected the Radstock Branch of the Great Western Railway (Wilts. Somerset & Weymouth) and have the honour to report for the information of the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade, that the whole of the permanent way on this line of about 81/2 miles in length, is laid with a single line of rails and the works appear to be in good order throughout; but no arrangements have yet been made for working the line for passenger traffic at Radstock as no station accommodation or platform for passengers has yet been provided and the station is not yet entirely enclosed – Some slight portions of fencing also require to be completed and some policeman’s boxes have to be placed at the public crossings, but I am informed that the fencing and the placing the policemen’s boxes will be attended to without delay.

I learn also that there is no present intention to commence working the line for passenger traffic. I am therefore of opinion that taking into consideration the incompleteness of the works that this line cannot be opened for traffic without danger to the public using the same.

I have the honour to be, Sir
Your most obedient servant
W. Yolland


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