Over £300,000 station improvements completed at Stonehouse

Stonehouse station now has a new ticket office, improving the station environment and facilities available for local rail users.

The £300,000 investment saw work to remove the previous structure and level the ground, prior to the opening of the new facility, which offers passengers improved access, ticket purchasing and information points.

Welcoming the improvements, David Drew MP (Stroud) said: “I’m delighted to be asked to undertake this task. It’s great to see a proper ticket office and information centre now in place where we got used to primitive, temporary facilities.

“Stonehouse is a growing and popular station and this addition very much demonstrates its importance. With longer platforms and hopefully more trains in the future, the Stroud Valleys line will continue to pull more than its weight and I’m so proud that Stonehouse, where I live, still has its station.”

GWR Station Manager Richard Morrish said: “We at GWR recognise the vital role that rail plays in the local and national economy, and I am delighted that we have been able to open these new facilities, further improving access to the services we offer.

“A short while ago we introduced the first of our new Intercity Express Trains onto the network, serving routes to Bristol, and to South Wales. Here at Stonehouse, we can expect to see these new trains this Summer, delivering more seats, and in time more frequent and quicker journeys.”

Stonehouse Town Mayor, Cllr Theresa Watt said: “Stonehouse station is valued by its residents and the local businesses who use it on a regular basis. We are grateful to see investment to serve the needs of our community by GWR and Network Rail and we are pleased to see the new ticket office open and available to give tickets and advice and help to our many rail users.

“Our Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan demonstrates the value that local people place on this form of transport. So today we would like to say thank you to GWR and Network Rail on behalf of our community, and we look forward to new investment in this station and rail travel in Stonehouse in the future.