Construction and Infrastructure

Welcome arrival at Gloucester Railway Station - £1.7m of investment

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 05 September 2020 7:53

Welcome arrival at Gloucester Railway Station - £1.7m of investment

One of the most welcome arrivals at Gloucester Railway Station in some time has been hailed as the missing piece in the jigsaw” to at last upgrade its facilities after years of waiting around.

Pulling up close behind a considerable £4.3 million won by the county’s local enterprise partnership, GFirstLEP, and revealed in July, is the smaller but no less welcome sum of £1.7 million.

This most recent arrival should provide an additional 10 electric vehicle spaces, more cycle racks, the first ever solar panels to reduce energy consumption, a new Station facade and a new canopy at the front of the station to shelter travellers including those waiting at the new bus stop.
 
It is the latest instalment in a story which began back in 2018 (further than that even) when the LEP won what was then a £3.75 pot of investment cash to transform the run-down station.
 
On board with the scheme, Gloucester City Council then announced it would spend £425,000 on the redesign of the city's station.
 
Among those who cared hearts raced, until it was revealed that money would not be available until April this year.
 
In the mean time the bill facing Gloucester City Council rose to £550,000.
 
In what now looks like a happpy ending, when the 2018 money was forthcoming the LEP was able to engineer the larger sum of £4.3m and with this latest announcement all seems back on track.

Ian Okey, GWR’s regional development manager for the West, said: “We are delighted to have been given the go ahead for the additional investment in the station. 

“We have a very strong working relationship with the city council, the LEP, and with Richard (Graham, MP for Gloucester), and this project is a great example of how working together can deliver real benefits for Gloucester.   

"More customers are returning to rail and travelling with us with confidence, and we are determined to continue our station investment programme, so that we build on the improvements already made at Gloucester to the station, to our trains and to our services.” 

Gloucester MP Richard Graham’s office was keen to get the news out today, Gloucester Day (September 5) and sent an embargoed release out championing the Department for Transport’s decision to award the cash. 

Mr Graham called the money “the final piece of the jigsaw to make sure all public transport in Gloucester is in the best possible shape to serve residents and be a great experience for visitors. 

“GWR will use this funding to deliver a greener, more energy efficient, more disabilities friendly and more attractive Station façade,” he said. 

GFirstLEP’s July funds are earmarked for improvements to the underpass, new exits onto Metz Way and Bruton Way, and a proposed new bus stop. 

The official line is that “work on the City Council and GFirstLEP scheme is due to begin soon. According to the city council, that means later this year.

The Station Improvement Fund is a Government fund run as part of the GWR franchise. It first began inviting bids back in 2011.