More stops at Lydney train station please
By Andrew Merrell | 6th July 2018
A call has gone out to Gloucestershire County Council to put pressure on train operators to increase the number of times trains stop at a key Forest of Dean station.
Gloucestershire County Councillor Alan Preest tabled a motion at last week's full council to ask the leader of the council, Mark Hawthorne, to support his call for increased stops at Lydney and Chepstow train stations.
In a 24-hour weekday period, Lydney Station receives 17 trains that travel in the Gloucester direction and 18 in the Cardiff direction.
On June 7th a public consultation began on the cross country franchise operation which is due to be renewed towards the end of 2019.
There is growing concern that Lydney and Chepstow could 'lose out' to new and improved stations in Worcestershire and Bromsgrove.
Cllr Preest, the councillor for Lydney, said: "These services provide an invaluable link for the residence they serve in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, not only for commuters but also for tourism and social stability in the area.
"With recent figures showing a continued increase in passenger usage we simply cannot afford to lose any services as a consequence of the franchise renewal".
Cllr Nigel Moor, the cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "It is an important part of the work of the county council to liaise and collaborate with the rail franchise holders operating through Gloucestershire.
"The frequency of stops at Lydney and Chepstow stations is critically important to the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley."
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