Commuters and families living in Charfield have welcomed further progress with the reopening of Charfield Station, as Luke Hall MP’s campaign this week reached another key milestone.
The project to return train services to the village proposes to reinstate Charfield Station in the heart of the village, which will help residents have quicker access to Bristol and elsewhere in South Gloucestershire and help to boost the local economy. Students, workers and families are set to benefit from the project, which is a key part of Luke Hall’s efforts to Get South Gloucestershire Moving.
It has been announced this week that South Gloucestershire Council have submitted an Outline Business Case to the West of England Combined Authority, who will provide the key funding to deliver this project and allow it to progress to the next stage.
The Outline Business Case has put forward key proposals which includes two platforms serving north and southbound journeys, a pedestrian footbridge, a public transport interchange, covered cycle parking, and car parking.
“This is another exciting step forward in our campaign to reopen Charfield Station” said Luke Hall MP. “The village’s railways services can be a vital asset for our community, whether it is continuing to work, visiting family, or travelling to school and colleges.”
“Opening Charfield Railway Station has been a long-running part of my Positive Plan for Transport in South Gloucestershire. I am delighted to see the Council is submitting this fantastic bid to help this aspiration become a reality. There has been a huge amount of community support for opening the station, which will help demonstrate to the Combined Authority the need for a new Charfield station and help get the bid over the finish line.”
South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environment and Strategic Infrastructure Cllr Steve Reade said: “It is exciting to see our vision for a new station in Charfield take a massive step forward with the submission of this bid.
“Opening a new station in Charfield has been a long-held aspiration for the Council, one we have never given up on, and is key to encouraging more sustainable travel in our rural communities and achieving our Climate Emergency goals.”
Whilst the Outline Business Case is assessed, with a decision expected in mid-October, a public consultation is set to commence in the next couple of weeks, allowing Charfield residents to have their say and submit their feedback about the plans.
The full details and map of the Charfield Station Plan will be made available in due course.
In the meantime, more information can be found at: https://sites.southglos.gov.uk/newsroom/transport/progress-for-charfiel…