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Great Western World Heritage bid opened up to the public

English Heritage yesterday launched a consultation on which sections of the Great Westren Railway should be put forward in its bid for World Heritage site status.

Speaking at yesterday's NCE-supported Brunel Bicentenary conference in Bristol, English Heritatge chairman Neil Cossons argued that the London to Bristol line was on the same level as the Taj Mahal and a unique contribution to world culture, society and economy.

A number of stretches of the line have been put forward in the consultation as the route section to receive United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage status.

These include the Great Western network through Devon, Somerset and Cornwall, and the 180km from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads.

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