Stroud Town Council has received a £13,000 grant to develop a masterplan to make Stroud railway station more welcoming.
The money from GWR’s Customer and Community Improvement Fund will pay for advanced drawings for the improvements following public consultation.
The improvements include better cycle parking, electric car charging points, extra bays for dropping off passengers and smartening up the environment.
“The masterplan will provide a framework for modernising our historic station, whilst preserving its unique character,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“We are consulting with all stakeholders and looking to agree a plan with the landowners which will make it easier to achieve our goals. Then we can begin the work of raising money to provide facilities for commuters.”
The Town Council held consultations earlier this year. About 50 residents and business owners attended the two sessions to hear about a range of potential improvements across the whole station area, including the forecourt, approach roads and car parks.
The station area was one of the areas highlighted during consultations for the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).
Work has already started to make the station more welcoming. GWR Customer Ambassadors Sarah Bennett, Helene Bonnici and Mark Evans created a floral display.
A team of volunteers are working with Josie Cowgill, of Edible Stroud, to create raised edible beds on a disused siding.
“Both these projects reflect the public’s desire to green up the station area and it’s hoped the newly-created Stroud Station Partnership will co-ordinate volunteers to undertake more of the tasks which will make the station a more vibrant and attractive place,” said Mayor Cranston.
If you would like to get involved in any of the projects at Stroud Station – from litter picking to weeding, decorating to designing, please email [email protected]