Car park extension now a reality for Lydney train station
An extra 100 car parking spaces will be added at Lydney Railway Station as Gloucestershire County Council leases land from Network Rail.
With only 85 spaces available at the existing car park, commuters are often forced to park on the road.
The county council has been fighting for many years to obtain land and create more car parking.
Lydney is the only Forest town with a mainline railway station, which contributes significantly to the accessibility of the town.
With new homes and employment land set for the town over the next decade, more parking will be crucial in encouraging people to use services which have been increased by Arriva Trains Wales and Cross Country Trains in recent years.
Over the next three months the county council will carry out repairs to the land formerly used for container storage.*
More lighting will be installed and the two car parks will be connected with a pedestrian gate.
The extra 100 car parking spaces are expected to be ready to use in the summer, more than doubling the capacity subject to the grant of planning consent
The initiative is being supported by the Forest of Dean District Council and Lydney Town Council who have been encouraging the provision of additional capacity at the station to support increased train use.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for transport said, "This is great news for Foresters. It's been clear for some time that demand for car parking at Lydney Station is far greater than what is currently available. We've worked hard with the Forest of Dean District Council, Lydney Town Council and Network Rail to make the extra 100 spaces a reality."
Cllr Alan Preest, local county councillor for Lydney said, "I welcome this extra parking, as well as encouraging more use of the railway station for commuting out of the Forest, I believe it will help the wider regeneration in the area such as better links to the harbour, the proposed cycle link to the town centre and tourist destinations such as the Dean Heritage Railway."
*Subject to planning permission