Gloucester Train Station
The vision to improve the infrastructure at Gloucester Railway Station.
The vision is ambitious. It includes working with different partners for a new car park on land owned by the Ministry of Justice, a new entrance to the station on its south side (for the first time in its c150 year history), a new road entry and exit from the existing car park directly onto Metz Way, improvements to the forecourt, a better station facade and consideration of an upgrade to the current grizzly underpass from the station to the Glos Royal Hospital (GRH).
The plan hinged on sorting the new car park on Great Western Road. This was complicated, needing a Ministry of Justice Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) sale to the Gloucester City Council and onward lease to Great Western Railways, with secure clauses about what would happen if in the future GWR no longer had the operating franchise in Gloucester. There were epic arguments about the value of the land – let no-one imagine that the MoJ sells at bargain basement prices. Without agreement on this there would be no opening of the station on the south side, no ability to alter the parking arrangements on the forecourt, or reduce peak time traffic exiting the station: and the whole case of transport led growth and regeneration would have died on its feet.
I’ve raised the Car Park several times formally at Justice and Leader of the House questions, and held a Westminster Hall debate. The persistence paid off as in March 2016 the deal was confirmed.
I am very grateful, especially to the City Council, Great Western Rail, the MoJ and all my office for their patience and help. We will, by the end of December 2017, now have 220 new car park spaces and a new station entrance on Gt Western Road. There will need to be some consultations: but this project will be good for rail passengers, traffic flows, access to and from the Hospital and overall city growth and regeneration. I’m very grateful to all those involved for their hard work in making this happen.
I hope that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will look favourably on the bid from the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which includes a significant amount of money for a general station infrastructure project that will undoubtedly be one of the drivers of growth in our city in the future.
Matthew Golton, Commercial Development Director for GWR said:
“This is excellent news for our customers, and brings a new car park for Gloucester station much closer. We’ll continue to work with Gloucester Council, the Department for Transport and Richard Graham MP to deliver this much needed improvement for our customers.”
City Council Leader Paul James commented:
“We’re delighted to have been able to play a central role. This represents major investment in our city, and underlines the importance of the railway station to Gloucester and nearby residents. Linked to the new bus station this part of Gloucester is going to be transformed.”
— Richard Graham (@RichardGrahamMP) 10 October 2016