The Conservatives have held Swindon's two seats with increased majorities. Justin Tomlinson has been re-elected as the MP for Swindon North; while Robert Buckland, who is justice secretary, held Swindon South.
Midsomer Norton Heritage Railway is on track to become one of the best in the country.
Trustees acquired the lease on the site in 1995 and in 2001 set out an ambitious vision to attract 20,000 people a year but fell well short, averaging just 4,000 annual visitors.
They have drawn up plans to secure significant investment they say will be a major boost for the town, but needed endorsement from councillors.
The outline application was met with “vehement” opposition from Westfield residents who feared Midsomer Norton’s gain would be their loss – but councillors approved it with little debate.
Speaking on behalf of Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust, Joseph Marchant told Bath and North East Somerset Council’s planning committee the site "needs significant investment and a long-term strategy".