Views sought on exciting proposals to redevelop and enhance the Chippenham Railway Station area
We're keen to get people's feedback on the proposals, which will be valuable as we look to develop plans further, so I hope lots of people attend the event and let us know what they thinkWiltshire Council cabinet member for economic development and housing, Chuck Berry
A public consultation drop-in event has been planned for the 22 November 2017 from 11am until 7pm, at the Town Hall, High Street, Chippenham.
The consultation will provide the opportunity to comment on a proposed masterplan which has been developed in partnership with the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Wiltshire Council, Great Western Railway, Network Rail, and other local stakeholders.
The projected growth in Chippenham's population and forecast increase in rail passenger traffic in the coming years led to a funding bid in 2014 to enhance Chippenham railway station facilities and provide increased parking at the site. The bid was successful and resulted in a £16m grant allocation through the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to improve and develop the area around the station.
The railway station area acts as a gateway for Chippenham and this scheme represents an opportunity not only to improve the area directly, but also support the regeneration and development of other sites within the town.
Wiltshire Council cabinet member for economic development and housing, Chuck Berry, said: "This funding presents a number of exciting opportunities to really re-generate the local area, with the station right at the heart of our plans.
"We're keen to get people's feedback on the proposals, which will be valuable as we look to develop plans further, so I hope lots of people attend the event and let us know what they think."
The current phased scheme at the station represent an exciting opportunity to deliver the following:
• Improvements to railway station facilities
• Intensification of station car parking to serve forecasted increased passenger numbers
• Unlocking land for commercial and residential development
• Improved connectivity across the railway line
• Better wayfinding and connections with the town centre
• Safeguard existing and create new jobs in the town
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