The majority of people want the railway station forecourt area in Stroud to become a more attractive public space. That is the finding of a survey by the Town Council.
In the results, 60 per cent of people who completed the survey said they wanted better access arrangements for pedestrians and cyclists and a more attractive public space.
The findings are in line with suggestions in the Neighbourhood Development Plan to make a more pedestrian friendly civic space in the centre of town.
Now the Town Council has applied to Great Western Railways’ Customer Improvement Fund for a grant to carry out an assessment on what can be done to improve the area.
The survey found that 65 per cent of people wanted to see changes to the internal walkways, pavements and crossing points and designated pick up and drop-off points.
More than 63 per cent were interested in ramped access over the railway line to improve cyclist and pedestrian spaces between the town centre and Cheapside and direct access to the station from the Brunel Mall multi-storey car park.
It is one of several projects in the Neighbourhood Development Plan that the Town Council earmarked as a priority.
“We can’t do everything. We simply don’t have the resources, but we have identified some priority projects which would make a real difference to the town,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“This is one such project. If we are successful with the funding for an initial assessment then we can look at making these improvements a reality.”