Planners could give the green light for a new train station in a village in South Gloucestershire soon. Charfield lies on the railway running from Bristol to Gloucester but has been left without a station for almost 60 years, although that could soon change.
The £22-million station would be built off Station Road, in the centre of the village, with two platforms, a pedestrian footbridge, a bus stop, covered cycle parking, and car parking. The village’s old train station shut in 1965 as part of the Beeching cuts, when many stations across the country closed.
Once opened, villagers could catch the train at least every hour to Bristol Parkway in 18 minutes, Bristol Temple Meads in 32 minutes, and Gloucester in 22 minutes. Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council’s strategic sites delivery committee on Thursday, March 2, will vote on approving planning permission for the new train station.
Councillor Steve Reade, cabinet member for transport, previously said: “Opening a new station in Charfield will make public transport more accessible for our rural communities and help encourage more people to make the switch to sustainable travel and improve access to jobs and education.
“We are committed to lowering our carbon emissions across South Gloucestershire and investment like this in public transport will help us work towards our climate emergency goal of net zero emissions by 2030.”
Construction is expected to take between 12 to 18 months. The new station is expected to open at the end of next year.