ePetition details

Reopen Stroudwater Station

We the undersigned petition the council to We the undersigned petition Gloucestershire County Council to give all support possible to the reopening of Stroudwater station on the site of the old Bristol Road station in Stonehouse and to include Stroudwater Station as a priority project in the Local Transport Plan.

In May 2019 GCC declared a climate emergency and committed to ‘Ensure that the council’s major plans, such as the local transport plan, have clearly identified strategies to reduce carbon emissions’. Many people would travel more sustainably if the option were there but, unbelievably, there is no direct public transport link between the Stroud valleys and Bristol.
The line from the South West and Bristol to Gloucester and Birmingham passes through Stonehouse and the site of the former Bristol Road station (closed during the Beeching cuts) is available for redevelopment.
Re-opening this site as Stroudwater Station is an affordable, sustainable and deliverable project to link a catchment area of 55,000 people with their regional capital for work, education and leisure.
Stonehouse Town Council and Railfuture submitted a bid to the Department for Transport’s Restoring Your Railway Fund; the proposal was assessed as having potential and we were advised to apply to the New Stations Fund. To make further progress with the bid requires support from Gloucestershire County Council.
Hence we call on the Council to support this proposal that will open up economic opportunities as well as taking action on the climate emergency and give its full support to the reopening of Stroudwater Station.

This ePetition ran from 11/08/2020 to 31/07/2021 and has now finished.

1352 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Thank you for your recent ePetition. Simon Excell, Lead Commissioner - Strategic Infrastructure, has provided the following response:

‘The recently adopted Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan 2020 – 2041, Policy LTP PD5.1 Rail Infrastructure Improvements, retains a commitment to look at the most suitable location for a new station south of Gloucester. Given the limited capacity on the line between Gloucester and Bristol it’s important to establish the location that best meets the long term strategic growth requirements over the next 30 years in as sustainable a way as possible. Until it is clearer where the future growth in the county is likely to occur and we have the results from the necessary strategic studies, including the currently being developed multi-modal model to establish where the most effective and sustainable station option is best placed, it is difficult for the County Council to support any one single option without the required evidence.’