The campaign to reopen the old station in Stonehouse on the Bristol route has gained greater momentum with the unanimous support of the Stroud District Council Environment Committee. It would provide a direct link to Gloucester and Bristol in the Stroud Valley.
Cllr Chris Brine (Lab, Stonehouse) who proposed the motion at the committee, believes “it now fits with all the Environmental issues around transport and the need to encourage people out of cars and onto public transport.”
Stroud district council is aiming to make the area carbon neutral by 2030 and improvement to its transport links play a key part in this. At present the only options facing people in Stroud and Stonehouse are either travelling to Cam and Dursley or taking a long detour to either Swindon or Gloucester to get to our largest nearby city by train. This is not exactly convenient.
“The advantages of the station were clear”, recalls Cllr Gary Lingar (Lab, Stonehouse), “as a youngster, I used this station going on school trips to Torquay and Paignton and to Cornwall and Dorset with the Army cadets. So, it would be great to see the station reopen.”
The Station was closed in 1966 as part of the Beeching report’s wider cuts to Britain’s railways. However, the platform and other infrastructure around the old station still exist, so the cost to reopen would be relatively low, whilst benefit to the local economy would be high.
According to Cllr Mattie Ross (Lab, Stonehouse), “Stonehouse has the largest industrial allocation in the district with big national and international companies who could benefit from a local station.” As the district looks to recover from the recent months an economic boost from a new station appears a no brainer.