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 runs from 11/08/2020 to 31/07/2021.
1278 people have signed this ePetition.