Rail Strategy for Gloucestershire

The Gloucestershire Rail Study reviews a number of rail development proposals within Gloucestershire in the light of wider developments within the rail sector and economic growth plans within the county. It has informed the foundation for the County’s Rail Strategy as part of the wider Local Transport Plan.

The MetroWest Phase 2 study focusses on the viability of a new Gloucester extension service.

The Metrowest Phase 2 Gloucester extension Capability and Capacity Analysis study provides a high level financial and economic analysis for extending services beyond Yate to Gloucester and Cheltenham as well as stopping at possible new station(s).

Working in partnership with GFirst LEP and the six district councils Gloucestershire County Council commissioned SLC/Systra to produce a countywide Rail Investment Strategy (RIS).  This builds on the work already carried out for adjacent areas such as Worcestershire, the West Midlands Combined Authority and Swindon/Wiltshire.  It sets out amongst other things to attribute an economic value in terms of GVA on existing and enhanced rail services through the County.  One of the key aims of the RIS is to prioritise investment on the rail network to increase patronage which is currently very low in Gloucestershire.  Identifying increased opportunities to travel by rail will help reduce congestion on the road network and provide a greener alternative to access jobs, education and leisure activities.   It will also help inform strategic development allocations in the emerging Joint Core Strategy and Local Plans produced by the district councils.

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