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Update on Devizes Gateway Station: February 2023

Update on Devizes Gateway Station, by Catharine Symington, Consultant to Wiltshire Council 

  • Network Rail (NR) was appointed by Department of Transport in August 2022 to undertake an Interim Feasibility Study to supplement the Strategic Outline Business Case submitted by Wiltshire Council in November 2021. DfT had decided there is good strategic argument for Devizes Gateway station but further assessment is needed to understand timetabling, operational constraints and any additional works (e.g. at Westbury) that may be required to enable Devizes Gateway station. 
  • The NR Study is investigating possibilities for a stand-alone Devizes Gateway station business case, examining:
    • train service options to serve the station
    • the cost and subsidy implications on existing operations 
    • additional infrastructure work required to operate the new station 
    • refining the costs associated with this project 
  • NR has been working with Wiltshire Council officers and Devizes Development Partnership, who are representing the local community voice. Wiltshire Council is responsible for assessing travel access options to the station site including walking and cycling routes. 
  • The Study has involved a huge amount of work and will provide a better understanding of the strategic and operational challenges and help identify suitable next steps for the project.
  • It is also exploring a wider rail strategy vision into which Devizes Gateway station would fit that could provide benefits across Wiltshire and South-West 
  • Study showed benefits to re-locating station facilities and road access from A342 south of the railway, further west and parallel to the airstrip
  • Station facilities will include a bus stop and cycle parking at the platform entrance, a car drop-off nearby and a station car park, two platforms, footbridge and lifts. Station will be unmanned but have ticket machines
  • Scheme must take account of bridleways and public rights of way. Solution for Stoner Level Crossing and the bridleway diversionary route are fundamental to project viability
  • Station scheme is at an early feasibility stage, so layout will change as the project progresses, taking onboard stakeholder feedback
  • Walking and cycling route will use old branch line initially north of railway to link into Devizes – 3 options have been considered by Wiltshire Council for the active travel route to Devizes
  • NR Timetabling engineers have looked at three different train service patterns as there are substantial challenges in finding available train paths to serve the new station. Extensive work has been done and this has clarified the challenges which means solutions can more easily be identified
  • Works will be required at Westbury station to enable a service to run onwards from Devizes Gateway. This will include re-instating the old Platform 0 and also looking at other interventions that could provide wider benefits. Westbury is a key rural interchange hub and is currently a source of congestion
  • Interim Feasibility Study will be submitted to DfT end of March 2023 to help them make their decision on Devizes Gateway station
  • Given the current funding restrictions, DfT/Government will be looking for consensus from regional level right down to local level – stakeholder support will be crucial to finding further investment
  • Our focus is on a standalone case for Devizes Gateway, but it could form part of a wider Wiltshire rail strategy that stakeholders have expressed commitment to deliver in future
  • A full communications pack will be provided when the study is completed at the end of March

Notice of Parish Election 2021

2021 Census

Please refer to attached document fro Wiltshire Council giving information about the 2021 Census which will take place from 21st March.

Events in Stert 2020


Friday 17th January, Stert Talk, 6pm in St James’ Church: by Lewis Cowen. “Twenty -four years before the masthead, (my brilliant career in local journalism)”.

Friday 6th March, Stert Talk, 6pm, St James’ Church: by Alex Cooper, “Fostering – the inside story”

Saturday 16th May, CRUK Car Boot Sale, at Manor Farm, Stert.

Events in Stert 2019

Saturday 11th May: Cancer Research Car Boot Sale at Manor Farm.

Saturday 28th September, Concert: Music for Awhile with Maggie Faultless returns to St. Jame’s Church.

Friday 1st November, Stert Talk, 6pm in St James’ Church:  by Elfie Fallowfield: “What happened when a ballet dancing debutante encountered Judy Garland and James Bond?”

Friday 22nd November, Stert Talk, 6pm in St James’ Church: by Brigadier (Rtd) D de G Bromhead, CBE LVO, “Eight years a soldier in Saudi Arabia”.

Friday 13th December, Concert, 6pm in St James’ Church: Mozart and Mendelssohn String Quartets by the Edington Ensemble (Daphne Moody, Jenny Knights – violin, Moira Alabaster, Chris Redsell – viola, Bryony Moody – cello.)

Friday 20th December, Stert Parish Council’s Christmas Party, 6:30 pm in Stert House



Events in Stert, 2018


Saturday 12th May: Cancer Research Car Boot Sale at Manor Farm

Sunday 29th July: St. James’ Patronal Day. Church Service at 10 am followed by drinks at Stert House, 11 – 12:30.

Saturday 29th September: Concert in St. James’ Church, Music for Awhile, 6 pm.

Friday 2nd November: Stert Talk by Martin Arthur, “Tales from audiences of TV shows”, St James’ Church, 6pm.  Admission free, retiring collection in aid of the church.

Friday 7th December: Stert talk by Martin Alabaster.  “The birds and other wildlife of Ecuador and the Galapagos”, St James’ Church, 6pm.  Admission free, retiring collection in aid of the church.

Friday 21st December: Christmas Party, Stert House.

Events autumn 2017 in St James’ Church

Saturday 14 October 6.00pm: Concert, Music for Awhile – “Bach & Sons”
Directed by Margaret Faultless – Violin
Tickets: £15 from Lucy Barker 01380 728459
All proceeds to benefit the church fabric fund

Friday 3 November 6.00pm: Stert Talk by William Howkins
“My world adventure as a civil engineer”
Admission free – refreshments – retiring collection for church funds

Sunday 12 November 10.45am: Remembrance Sunday Service

Sunday 19 November 3.30pm: Recital – 2 violins and organ
Daphne Moody, Moira Alabaster, Steve Hollis
Admission free – cup of tea – retiring collection for church funds

Sunday 3 December 6.00pm: Advent Evensong Service with Stertian Singers

Friday 8 December 6.00pm: Stert Talk by David Stephenson
“Hip replacement, technology in motion”
Admission free – refreshments – retiring collection for church funds

Monday 18 December from 6.00pm: Carol Singing at The Clock Inn Park and in the Village

Wednesday 20 December 7.00pm: Carol Service

Friday 22 December:  Village Christmas Party, Stert House




Village Events

Saturday 13th May 2017 from 7.30 am: Stert Country House Collectables and Car Boot Sale at Manor Farm in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Saturday 20th May 2017, 6 pm at St. James’ Church, Stert: Stertian Singers and Friends invite you to a programme of English Songs and Readings, “Oh, to be in England”.

Sunday 20th August 2017, from 6 pm, opposite St. James Church, Stert: JAZZ Barbecue, featuring the Roger Simmonds Quartet and Richard Heacock. Tickets £8 adults, £20 for families, include food and jazz. Licenced bar. Tickets available from Paul Scarffe tel: 01380 722523. Sponsored by Walter Rose & Son, proceeds in aid of the Church of St. James.

Saturday 14th October, 6 pm, St. James’ Church, Stert – the Music for Awhile quartet led by Maggie Faultless will play music by J.S.Bach and Sons. Tickets £15, in aid of St. James’s Church. For details click Stert Concert .