January 30, 2016
Part of Burnham's Marine Drive set to be renamed Station Approach

Part of a road through Burnham-On-Sea looks set to be renamed for a project to celebrate the town's railway heritage.

It's been proposed that a stretch of Marine Drive that runs between the Pier Street junction and the entrance to Burnham Holiday Village should be renamed as Station Approach.

Burnham Railway Heritage Group also hopes to bring an original railway signal post and signal box back to Marine Drive, where Burnham Railway Station was sited until it closed in 1962, as pictured here.

Town councillors have agreed the name change after considering several suggestions - including Station Drive and Station Road - during their meeting on Wednesday (January 27th).

Cllr Nick Tolley said: "I think the name of Station Approach is very suitable given the location of Burnham's old railway station in Marine Drive. I'm sure the signal box will become an important part of the town's heritage."

Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "I fully support the change to the road name which in this small section of Marine Drive won't affect any existing properties."

Burnham Railway Heritage Group's Ann Popham told councillors that the organisation has applied for National Lottery funding alongside a recent grant application to Sedgemoor District Council and its own fundraising DVD.

The road name change was approved at Wednesday's meeting of the Town Projects Committee but is still subject to a final vote by the full Town Council.


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