Not Dead, Just Sleeping

Will the proposed Stroud Interchange at the rail station site ever come to fruition? It’s been on and off the cards for several decades but matters got serious from 1997 when there was renewed talk about the closure of the bus station.

The county and district councils and what was then Railtrack began working up a scheme but it suffered from a lack of cash and concerns that rail passengers might be disadvantaged.

And lack of cash remains the case today. Said district council cabinet member for regeneration and tourism Cllr Nigel Studdert-Kennedy last month, “We cannot proceed as we do not have a couple of million pounds. It’s not going to happen straight away but I’m not going to abandon it.”

Meanwhile, there are still concerns that facilities at the new Merrywalks are inadequate. The bus stops were once designed as “temporary” but with the opening of Stagecoach’s travel shop, its permanency becomes ever more likely.

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