Reopening of Cam & Dursley Station

Although not strictly on the site of the original Coaley Junction station, the reopening of the renamed Cam & Dursley station in 1994 represented a significant step in once again opening up rail access to the residents of the Dursley area. Coaley Junction had last closed to passengers in 1962 leaving Gloucester as the closest station on the Birmingham to Bristol line and Stroud the closest on the Gloucester to Swindon line. It wasn't easily won though, British Rail only agreeing after a strong local campaign led by the Coaley Junction Action Committee. Nowadays, in 2003, the station has proven its worth and is used by many commuters making their way to and from their work in Bristol, Gloucester or further afield.

  Picture Gallery (Click on picture for larger view)
    Station construction notice
A taste of things to come. The sign overlooking the construction site announces the new station to be built at Cam & Dursley on the main Gloucester to Bristol line.
(February 1994 - copyright Bill Turner)
    Cam & Dursley station takes shape
The platforms are built but the footbridge ramp is still not in place in this view of the station as it rapidly nears completion.
(March 1994 - copyright Bill Turner)
    Cam & Dursley Station opening ticket
Ticket for the reopening of Cam & Dursley Station.
(1994 - courtesy Ian Thomas)
    Ticket for the COJAC Express
First train from Cam & Dursley for Exeter, Torquay and Paignton, the COJAC Express, named after the Coaley Junction Action Committee who campaigned for the station's construction.
(May 14th 1994 - courtesy Ian Thomas)