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South Midland Railway

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1845 Initial surveys

Late 1871 - one of 6 schemes proposed in that Parliamentary session which involved a crossing of the River Severn - this one would run from Lydney across the Severn to Malmesbury, joining there with a proposed line from Nailsworth. Then the line would continue to Hungerford, from where one branch would go to Andover, and the other to Basingstoke.

1872 Southampton had tried for 30 years to obtain improved railway communication with the North. Their bill for the South Midland Railway was withdrawn from the Parliamentary session but they hoped to reintroduce it in the next.

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