City MP formally opens the canopy on the bridge at Gloucester Rail Station: ‘one more step in the right direction’
Today a small piece of railway history is made at Gloucester’s Railway Station when MP Richard Graham formally opens the first ever canopy on the bridge between platforms. “The station has been here for almost 150 years” said the city MP “and now, for the first time, you can cross between platforms 2 and 4 without getting wet. It’s one more step in the right direction of having a station fit for this century and ready for more passengers and more rail services at Gloucester.”
The MP thanked Network Rail for keeping to its word of installing the canopy before Christmas. “When the main recent refurbishment was completed – including the vital lifts that enable older and disabled passengers or those with heavy baggage to cross over easily – a canopy was the one obvious new ingredient the station would benefit from. I’ve been on the case regularly for over a year and am grateful that Network Rail has now found the money and installed a canopy. It will make a real difference to people’s experience of travelling by train from Gloucester”.
Rail passenger Colin Hutchinson from Quedgeley said, “this is great news – at last we have a canopy over the bridge. I remember what the station was like ten years. It’s changed a lot over the years and like the rest of the city is definitely on the up now”.
Richard added “I hope to have further news on exciting future developments after the New Year. Station infrastructure improvements are important as our passenger growth is well above the national average and we must prepare for additional services, which in turn will lead to more growth”.
The city MP recently held talks with Arriva about its Cross Country franchise, which will be renewed in 2016. The MP has publicly already made clear that he will make the case for additional Cross Country intercity services to stop at Gloucester as part of the new franchise agreement. “It was a helpful discussion” Richard said “and I will also be meeting the Department for Transport after the New Year.”
Richard opened the new lifts that followed platform improvements as part of Network Rail/First Great Western project at the station in May 2013, after campaigning for these since 2007.