The southern car park at Gloucester station is to close later this week as part of the multi-million-pound station improvement project.
The redevelopment and upgrade of the station forecourt and car park and subway is due to commence shortly which will mean the area needs to be closed from Thursday 5 October to all traffic from Bruton Way and Metz Way.
Parking will continue to be available in the northern car park on Great Western Road, where passengers will also find the relocated taxi rank and pick up and drop off. If the overflow car park is full those looking to park for extended periods can use any of the council’s pay & display car parks nearby.
Pedestrian and cycle access will continue to be available via a segregated walkway which can be accessed from Bruton Way.
The works will also see the long-awaited improvements to the subway, as part of the multi-million pound project. This includes removing the blind corner in the subway and making it step free so that it is fully accessible to all. It will also include better lighting and CCTV.
The subway continues to be closed during the work and is not set to reopen until the spring.
The project is the next phase in the development and improvement of the station and is jointly funded by GFirst LEP, GWR, Network Rail, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucester City Council and the Department for Transport.
Rail customers are able to use the bridge through the station. This includes holders of the Pay As You Go smartcard. Details of how to apply for the smartcard are on our website https://www.gwr.com/your-tickets/smart-tickets/payg. The card ensures the best daily or weekly walk-on fare (calculated automatically) for rail users, and will also allow access through the station.
Ben Scott, GWR Station Manager for Gloucester, said: ”Working together we have been able to build on the previous investment and pave the way for further improvements. This would not have happened without the combined efforts of local government, national government, the rail industry and the local enterprise partnership.
“This is a perfect example of how working collaboratively can support the communities we serve to thrive.”
Robin Basu, Network Rail’s project sponsor, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Gloucestershire County Council, Great Western Railway and other key partners to facilitate improvements to Gloucester station. This next stage of the multi-million-pound project builds on the ongoing work to improve accessibility at Gloucester station.
“Effective, accessible transport links are vital and we will continue to work with GWR and other partners to ensure Gloucester station is accessible and welcoming for everyone.”
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