Could the powers that be at Gloucestershire County Council assure local Stroud residents of their support for the proposed re-opening of Stroudwater Station at Stonehouse?

The plan already has the backing of Stroud District Council, nine surrounding parish and town councils, Green councillors on the County Council, and local businesses; and there are more than 1,000 signatures on the petition.

Local residents now need the county council to throw their weight behind the scheme, to make it a reality, and commit to embed it in the Local Transport Plan.

Stroudwater isn’t just about the undoubted convenience of being able to hop on a train to Bristol and not having to endure the journey down the M5.

It’s also about more than just contributing to regional economic development by making it easy to travel in and out of Stonehouse for work and study, shopping and leisure.

It’s about the bigger picture of helping the district achieve its aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 by reducing pollution and carbon emissions by getting residents out of their cars.

Now is the time for our County Council to listen to and acknowledge the feelings of local people on this important matter.

Yours sincerely

Adrian Oldman