Rail campaigners say the Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan Review doesn't do enough to address climate change or meet the growing demand for rail travel.
'The County Council's Rail Strategy is not bold enough,' says Nigel Bray of Railfuture. 'It underestimates the potential of rail in the county and appears to regard train services as largely set in stone.'
Railfuture's response to the current Consultation says the Review concentrates too much on the county's London train services, which have recently been improved, and ignores the need for a direct rail link between Stonehouse/Stroud (the third largest urban area in the county) and Bristol.
'Unless Gloucestershire advances definite proposals for additional stations and train services,' says Nigel, 'it risks losing out to local authorities which have done so.'
Notes to editors:
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