Villagers propose futuristic magnet train as solution to 'dormitory town' strife

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:59 06 December 2018

CALRAG has called for a MAGLEV train to built to connect North Somerset and Bristol.

CALRAG has called for a MAGLEV train to built to connect North Somerset and Bristol.

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Villagers have proposed building a futuristic magnet train through North Somerset to avoid the creation of a 'dormitory town the size of Wells'.

Campaigners from the Churchill and Langford Residents’ Action Group (CALRAG) have renewed their calls for a ‘horrifying’ plan to build 2,800 homes near Churchill and Langford, as part of the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), to be scrapped in favour of developing greenbelt land in The Vale, between Long Ashton and Barrow Gurney.

As part of their proposal, villagers have suggested constructing a levitating magnet train, or MAGLEV, between North Somerset and Bristol to create ‘21st Century infrastructure’ to accommodate the homes.

The group, which represents 700 families in the area, believe a MAGLEV train would reduce congestion caused by the development by creating an easy commuter route into Bristol which would help take cars off the road.

Campaigners have proposed beginning construction between Bristol Airport and the city centre, before extending the route to cover Nailsea, Clevedon and Weston.

A spokesman for CALRAG said: “Building major new roads across The Mendip Vale is an idea that belongs to the previous century.

“A modern transport system is conspicuous by its absence in the JSP.

“A MAGLEV system would provide North Somerset with an unobtrusive, energy-efficient alternative, which suits traffic patterns in the area.

“We believe a MAGLEV system would make living in Weston or The Vale conveniently close to employment, culture and leisure – wherever you live.”

Previous calls for development to be moved to The Vale were dismissed by North Somerset Council, which cited a need to ‘protect greenbelt land’.

However, campaigners say development would only require two per cent of the North Somerset greenbelt to be built on, describing it as ‘poor quality land, with a ring road, industrial park and refuse tip’.

CALRAG met with North Somerset Council earlier in the year to discuss the plan but received no response.

The Times approached the council for comment but no reply was received before the print deadline yesterday (Tuesday).

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