How a new station for Charfield could look
PEOPLE are being encouraged to have their say on plans for a new railway station in Charfield.
The Voice reported last month that a multimillion-pound bid for the station is being submitted to the West of England Combined Authority by South Gloucestershire Council and Network Rail.
The aim of the scheme is to improve access to jobs, education and services, and enable more sustainable travel to and from the village and surrounding area.
The new station would have two platforms linked by a pedestrian footbridge, a public transport interchange, covered cycle parking and car parking.
Services would connect Charfield to key locations for employment and education via stations in Filton and Patchway, Bristol and Gloucester.
A 12-week consultation on the proposals has now been launched and will run until January 10 next year.
As it announced the consultation, the council released a computer-generated image of what the new station is expected to look like should the scheme go ahead.
It is looking for feedback from residents, businesses and other organisations to shape the station proposals and influence the final designs.
The council aims to have a planning application for the scheme ready for the spring of next year.
A series of public drop-in events will be held in the Charfield area for people to learn more about the proposals and talk to members of the project team.
The first is on November 8 from 3pm to 7pm at Wotton Town Hall in Wotton-under-Edge, the second is on November 10 from 2pm to 5.30pm at Charfield Memorial Hall and the third is at the same venue on November 13 from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure Steve Reade said: “A new railway station for Charfield has been talked about for many years and it is really exciting to see that deliverable plans are coming forward.
“I would encourage people living in Charfield and the surrounding villages to take part in the consultation and have their say on the proposals."
Anyone who is not online can call 01454 868000 for more information.