Monmouthshire County Council has jointly submitted a bid for a new railway station in association with the Magor Action Group on Rail (MAGOR). The bid – for a walkway station at Magor with Undy – has been made to the Department for Transport and it aims to enhance rail links for the Severnside area.
Population expansion in the area and employment growth in Cardiff and Bristol have led to an increased demand for public transport. The proposed station would be served by train to both places as well as Newport, Chepstow, Gloucester and Cheltenham.
The population of Magor with Undy is expected to rise in the next ten years with 10,000 residents living within one mile of the preferred site. The bid presents an opportunity to establish an integrated walkway station serving the local area. There are also recommendations for an adjoining community centre to cater for ticketing, toilets, food and drink and car parking.
The proposed station would comprise 150 metre platforms on the outside of the current relief tracks running parallel to the main Swansea to London line with shelters, lighting and CCTV. The existing footbridge and underpass will allow passengers to access the further platform. The footbridge was rebuilt when the line was electrified recently and will not require modification, but work will have to be undertaken on access ramps and the underpass to ensure disability compliance.
The Leader of Monmouthshire County Council Peter Fox said: “The return of railway travel for Magor with Undy after many years will be welcomed by the community and offer many benefits. It will bring employment, retail, healthcare, education and leisure opportunities closer for residents and reduce traffic growth on congested local roads. It will significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from transport and promote sustainable integrated travel.”
Laurence Hando, who chairs the MAGOR campaign added: “We are encouraged by the progress made so far, grateful for the help and support given by leaders in the county council and Welsh Government and are delighted that we have been able to work collaboratively with officers of the council to enable submission of the application to the New Station Fund.”
Contact Monmouthshire’s Transport Planning and Policy Officer Christian Schmidt – ChristianSchmidt@monmouthshire.gov.uk – for further details.