Gloucester MP Richard Graham welcomes Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin’s visit to Gloucester Train Station to see his vision for changes at the Station

These changes would start with First Great Western (FGW) leasing the currently empty car park on Great Western Road, owned by the Ministry of Justice, and opening the station on that side (beside platform 4).

This will form part of the FGW bid to the Department for Transport for station improvements, as part of the negotiations for the extension of their current franchise. Decisions are expected in March.

‘For too long the road access, parking, traffic and forecourt at the train station has been below what it should be for our city. The bid by FGW to the DfT will include money for my vision to open up the station from Great Western Road and create a new car park there. If the DfT approves this bid it will be a significant step forward for our city’, said City MP Richard, ‘so having the Transport Secretary here to see the station and plan is very helpful’.

He noted that the changes would help anyone visiting the hospital by train, or coming to the station by car from the London or Horton Roads: and later lead on to other changes including a levelling of the subway passage for pedestrians and improvements to road access and traffic on Bruton Way/Metz Way.

He added, ‘This is the crucial first step, and more car parking would allow for further passenger growth – linked both to additional services from FGW and an increase of Arriva Cross Country trains after the renegotiation of their franchise in 2016.’