What is happening?

There will be extensive improvement works happening in and around Gloucester station during the next 18 months.

This work will include a new road junction for the South Car Park and improvements to the existing junction, forecourt, subway and station building.

The work will be done in several stages:

Stage 1

Gloucestershire County Council is creating a new entrance and exit for the South Car Park, as part of plans to redevelop the site and improve the station for rail passengers. The additional access will allow vehicles to leave the station via Metz Way on the eastbound dual carriageway, diverting traffic away from the city centre and reducing congestion.

Work has now been completed and the junction is open for public use.

Stage 2

Bruton Way Station Access Improvements

Gloucestershire County Council will be carrying out highway improvement work at Gloucester Station. The work will start on 9 May and is planned to last up to twelve weeks.

Bruton Way junction will be upgraded with wider pavements and better access to help pedestrians and cyclists move to and from the city centre. Further improvements will include an upgraded road crossing across George Street, updated signals at the pelican crossing at Bruton Way junction, and facilities to help guide visually impaired users towards the station.

The majority of work will be carried out during the day; however, Bruton Way access will be closed 24/7 due to excavation works.

Access to train station via Bruton Way during the works

During the work access to the South Car Park will be via Metz Way only. Pedestrians will be able to use the Bruton Way entrance throughout the duration of the works.

Access to George Street

Access to George Street will be maintained via South Car Park from the Metz Way entrance. However, there will be times when we will need to close the vehicle access to George Street for the raised junction table installation and resurfacing of the carriageway. The closure is planned to happen towards the end of works schedule. As work progresses, we will keep you updated and confirm specific dates when this access will be closed.

You may be aware that the South Car Park is monitored by APCOA Parking. This means that any vehicular movement in and out of this area is recorded. If you normally park on George Street and to avoid parking charges, please contact the major project team at majorprojects@gloucestershire.gov.uk with your business address for details on how to add vehicles to the exception list. Please note that this arrangement will be valid for the duration of improvement works only.

The project team can be contacted directly on majorprojects@gloucestershire.gov.uk

You can keep up to date with this work online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucester-rail-station-improvements

Stage 3

Improvements will be made to the subway under the railway and the access areas to the subway. There will be no pedestrian access to the subway during these works. Exact timescales and further detail for stage 3 and 4 will be confirmed closer to when the work will commence.

Stage 4

Improvements to the forecourt and station building will follow.

Who does this involve?

The project to revamp Gloucester station is being carried out by a partnership of Great Western Railway, Network Rail, Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire County Council after a £4.3 million investment by GFirst LEP and a £1.7 million investment from GWR and the Government.

Aims of the project

Redevelopment of the station aims to encourage more people to use sustainable transport by improving the experience of rail passengers, making pedestrian access easier including improvements to the subway and upgrading facilities for cyclists and bus passengers, as well as making provision for electric vehicle charging.

The purpose of the scheme is to create an improved gateway to the city supporting wider investments in regeneration. It will complement the multi-million-pound redevelopment of the north of the city centre including turning Kings Square into a world class event space and the construction of The Forum, a digital and cyber hub along with new homes, bars and restaurants, office space and Gloucester’s first four star hotel. It also builds on recent investment in the bus station.

Artist mock up illustration of Gloucester train station entrance after improvement works
Architect’s Concept Visualisation – subject to change
Artist mock up illustration of new ramps at Gloucester train station after improvement works

What this means for me

Each stage of the work may have a different impact on using the station. During Stage 1 and 2, if you are arriving by car, we would advise customers to use the North Car Park as this will be unaffected during this time.

We recommend if you have any future journeys planned using Gloucester station, to check this webpage for the latest information on the current work and how this may affect you using the station.

Who to contact

If you have any questions or concerns about stage 1 and 2 of these improvement works, please email majorprojects@gloucestershire.gov.uk and a member of the team will assist you. More detail can also be found on the Gloucestershire City Council page

For any questions, on stage 3 and 4, please email Tom.law@gwr.com

If you want to find out more about Gloucester City Council’s plans for the city, go to gloucester.gov.uk