SO, which disused railway lines would YOU like to see re-opened?

Would it be the old Wimborne to Blandford line? Or as far west as the station at Lyme Regis?

It may be worth thinking about because a new report claims that re-opening closed railway stations - especially those that fell victim to the Beeching Axe during the 1960s - should be a national priority, to help combat poverty, traffic congestion and climate change.

The 'Case for Expanding the National Rail Network' report from the Campaign for Better Transport contains detailed costings for a raft of proposed rail revivals, as well as comment on possible benefits each one could bring.

It offers a variety of solutions, including one in the New Forest which could see the idea of reintroducing passenger services on the freight-only line between Totton, Hythe and Fawley and it also calls for a new line from Brockenhurst to Ringwood.

In Dorset there are calls for a tramway style line along Weymouth quay.

According to the CFBT: "Reopening railways has the potential to transform

communities. For both passengers and freight, rail is a high-quality national transport network that can give people access to a wealth of social and economic opportunities."

They said it could support local economies, expand labour markets and encourage new

investment and development.

"It can help tackle regional inequalities, making economically disadvantaged parts of the country more attractive for investment," said the report. "It can help create better places to live; relieving road congestion and pollution, and reducing carbon emissions."

An example of this, it says, is the more than 10,000 people who could benefit from a station at Fawley in the Waterside area of the New Forest.

However, as Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch prepare to merge to form an area which has been dubbed 'Urban Dorset', and will become the 12 largest district in England, new rail links could become a more important part of the transport mix.

The new area is predicted to be similar to Cardiff in terms of economic output, productivity and jobs, with a population only 14 per cent smaller than Bristol.

In a report from the property experts Savills, published published last autumn, researchers noted:

"The creation of Urban Dorset provides a major opportunity to reinvigorate the area via strategic planning to deliver a joined-up approach, to use its greater influence to secure public and private sector funding, and to improve road and rail links to ease movement and allow for economic growth."