Gloucester Railway Station is to receive an additional £1.7m DfT funding. The project has already received £4.3m Growth Deal Funding through GFirst LEP.
The project aims to improve connectivity to the city and to enhance the appearance of the station building. The project is intended to emphasise the gateway to the city and to complement the investment made in the new Transport Hub opposite. The project consists of three main components:
– Subway and Forecourt Improvements
– Building Enveloping
– Highway Works
Subway Improvements: The subway works include level access and environmental improvements through the underpass linking both sides of the railway, making it accessible for people with restricted mobility as well as new lighting, decoration, improved drainage and full CCTV coverage.
– A new bus layby at the station entrance (and access route for buses through the car park and onto Metz Way)
– Real-time rail and bus information to compliment that provided at the new Transport Hub
– Improved car parking layout at the front of the station including new and passive provision of electric vehicle charging points
– Additional cycle parking spaces with the potential to support a City-wide cycle hire scheme
– Improved pedestrian routes through the station forecourt, including enhanced wayfinding
Building Envelope: The building works include new cladding enveloping, which has altered from the original concepts.
Highways Works: The highways works include an improved junction with Bruton Way and a new junction onto Metz Way which will provide a left in and left out access for cars and taxis to and from the parking areas and for buses exiting the station forecourt stops.
The additional DfT funding will pay for additional electric vehicle charging points, a significant increase in cycle parking spaces, solar panelling that will help reduce energy consumption and a striking new canopy at the front of the station to shelter passengers.
The aim of the project is to provide an improved railway station and underpass that will act as a catalyst for investment and growth, enabling and connecting new homes and in turn underpinning and creating new jobs through enhancing commercial values and creating a connected city.
David Owen, CEO GFirst LEP said; “The announcement of additional funding for Gloucester Railway Station is great news. The investment will not only create a much better environment for passengers but will provide more attractive, safer and inclusive access. It will also improve the connectivity of the city. It shows how GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise partnerships acts a magnet for further investment and regeneration, by continuing to drive forward with our mission of sustainable economic growth.”