Back on track: Consultation dates have been announced for people in Charfield to have their say about proposals for a new railway station. 

South Gloucestershire Council announced a 12-week consultation period on proposals for the long-anticipated Charfield Station which started on Tuesday. 
Preliminary plans for the station include two platforms serving northbound and southbound journeys, a pedestrian footbridge, a public transport interchange, covered bike racks and car parking. 
The new station would finally reconnect Charfield to the Gloucester-Bristol line after the original Charfield station was removed from service in 1965 as part of the Beeching cuts. 
The council reports that a planning application for the scheme will be submitted in spring 2022, giving time for the final plans to be informed by the consultation feedback. 
Construction of the station would represent a huge boost to Charfield’s infrastructure, strengthening transport links for Wotton-under-Edge and Kingswood. 
It would replace Cam and Dursley station as the closest point of access to the south west via rail, making it easier to commute to the region’s major hubs without a car. 
Plans for the Wotton, Charfield and Kingswood Greenway, which aims to establish safe walking and cycling routes between the three communities, appear to be a good fit for this announcement and the government’s drive for greener transport. 
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