Transport Department approves Gloucester MP’s plan for new car park and station entrance for Gloucester Railway Station
Today, Gloucester MP Richard Graham warmly welcomed the Transport Secretary’s confirmation that his plan for a new 240 vehicle car park and new station entrance on Great Western Road in Gloucester has been approved, as part of railway station improvements in a 3.5 year extension of the First Great Western franchise.
The City MP said the new entrance and car park will open in 2016 and that this is “the catalyst for a series of improvements to our train station”.
A while back, Richard Graham laid out a vision of a “modern station for growth”, and has since had meetings with FGW, Network Rail and both councils as well as bringing Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to the station.
“The car park at the front of the station will become a short-term car park, and I’m exploring with the county council the option of an exit onto Metz Way, which would also reduce traffic jams leaving the station on Bruton Way and free up the forecourt.”
Richard emphasised that the County Council and Network Rail had held meetings at his request to discuss the underpass from the Station to Great Western Road. “I want to make it much more user friendly, by levelling the steps both up and down for access to the underpass for those with pushchairs and wheelchairs and all pedestrians going between the city centre and hospital.”
Richard added that the Station facade and forecourt would also benefit from improvements, with Roberts Limbrick reporting back soon with a re-cladding proposal for the facade. “I want to improve the links for pedestrians and cyclists between train and bus station and the city centre. As the new bus station takes shape in 2016, it makes sense to consider our transport links together, and both councils will be considering further improvements.”
The City MP said the point of all improvements to the station was so it can serve his constituents better.
“In this Parliament we’ve achieved improvements to waiting rooms, a new bridge with disabled lifts and a canopy across the railway line: now we will sort out the car parks, a new entrance and routes for pedestrians & cyclists.
At the same time, Richard highlighted that “with hourly direct services to London, and additional trains to Swindon starting in 2017-2018, the next goal is to secure more Cross Country trains at Gloucester. Negotiations for the Arriva Cross Country franchise start in the summer and both government and operator know my aim for Gloucester and the growth statistics to back it up.”