Area: Gloucestershire, Wales
Severn Tunnel Action Group (STAG) is a group of local people and rail commuters who want to see better public transport in South East Wales, in particular from Severn Tunnel Junction station.
The objective of STAG is to work with Train Operating Companies, the Welsh Assembly Government, Local Government, agencies of the Department for Transport and all other stakeholders to improve services, enhance facilities and improve the usage of the station to the benefit of commuters and other rail travellers as well as in the promotion of regional business, tourism and leisure. In this regard we see the future of Severn Tunnel Junction as a gateway station for those wishing to visit South East Wales, the lower Wye Valley, Forest of Dean and the surrounding areas.
STAG meets in Caldicote; for dates, please get in touch.
Contact: David Flint
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Tel: 01291 423551
July 2014: Short forming (trains running with fewer carriages than they should have) and overcrowding continue to be a serious problem at Severn Tunnel Junction. One passenger has this report: "What a nightmare this morning. I was one of over 20 people who could not board the 7:54 as it only had three carriages and so I was left behind. Then when the 8:25 arrived it only had two carriages. People were already standing throughout the train. Having already waited once there was no way I was not getting on that train. I had to breathe in so that I didn't get caught in the doors!"
July 2011: STAG is currently fighting for the retention of the 19 additional services gained since the formation of the group. These are not currently in the Greater Western franchise agreement, and with this shortly to come to tender we do not want to lose these valuable services (mainly to Bristol and Bath).
December 2010: Recent negotiations with First Great Western have led to additional evening services between Cardiff and Bristol from 11 December 2010. In addition we have been promised a train at 9.56am to Bristol and Bath from next May.
We've had confirmation from Ieuan Wyn Jones, Minister for the Economy and Transport at the Welsh Assembly, that a new passenger footbridge will be built at the station in 2012.
Our newsletter (PDF, 805K) has details and more news.
May 2010: This year we were delighted to see the new platform opening at Severn Tunnel Junction, with improvements made to security, passenger information and shelter.
We continue to fight for more trains to stop at the station, particularly at busy times. As a result Bristol and Bath commuters now have two trains an hour for much of the day.
We've been working with ARRIVA and the local school in Rogiet to create a mural at the station (see photo above).
For more information, read our newsletter (PDF, 976K)