Heritage installation hits the buffers

PUBLISHED: 16:05 13 August 2014

A pair of buffers on Burnham's old railway line, which will be commemorated with a new installation on Pier Street.

A pair of buffers on Burnham's old railway line, which will be commemorated with a new installation on Pier Street.

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BURNHAM'S much talked-about train buffer installation will not be in place by the launch of the town's heritage trail later this month.

Ownership issues have been blamed for the delays, despite a concerted effort from North Sedgemoor Local History Group to get the project completed in time for the trail’s launch on August 23.

When finally installed, the buffers will serve as a legacy to the town’s relationship with the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, which served Burnham until its station closed to the public in 1951.

The history group says it will work with Burnham and Highbridge town and Sedgemoor district councils to negotiate a solution.

Chairman John Strickland said: “This is profoundly disappointing to all involved and the history group would wish to apologise to all those who have supported the project for this unforeseen delay.

“The group is continuing to work towards the installation of the buffers at the earliest possible opportunity.”

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