Forest of Dean on track for better rail access

Published
16.02.2017

Lydney station car park has doubled in size and will give Forest of Dean residents better rail access to Birmingham, Gloucester and Cardiff.

Work to add over 100 spaces and 5 disabled bays is now complete and will open to the public on 16th February.

The county council is working on behalf of residents to make travel in Gloucestershire as user friendly and efficient as possible. As the only station serving the Forest of Dean, Lydney has been identified as playing an important role in connecting people and places. It is hoped that more parking will increase the number of people using this station and help make a case to the rail industry for increased local services.

Better rail access to local businesses and tourist hotspots will encourage economic growth and increased employment, whilst improving air quality by reducing the pressure on roads.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “Lydney station serves as a gateway to the Forest for rail users, and as such has been the focus of the county council’s work to improve access and make rail travel a genuine alternative for residents, especially for longer journeys.

“Today’s announcement brings us a step closer to achieving our vision of a better connected and more prosperous county. Congratulations and thanks must go to county council officers, as well as Forest of Dean district council and Lydney town council – without their hard work this would not be possible.”

Cllr Alan Preest, county councillor for Lydney, said: “This is great news: missed train connections should soon be a thing of the past for residents who have previously struggled to park due to limited capacity.

“I hope that this will give us a platform to make the case for increased trains stopping at Lydney.”