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£3million streamlined bus station for Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

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A NEW £3 million streamlined bus station will be built in Gloucester as part of the multi-million pound scheme to regenerate King’s Quarter.

Business body GFirst LEP confirmed that a conditional offer of £3 million has been made to developer Stanhope from the Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Fund.

It is the final funding needed to secure the new shopping and leisure development.

David Owen, chief executive, GFirst LEP added: “This is a major breakthrough to the regeneration of the King’s Quarter area of Gloucester and improvement to public transport.

“GFirst LEP is committed to working with partners to deliver a public transport service that is socially inclusive, giving everyone in the communities we serve access to social and economic opportunities through improved transportation links.”

The Citizen exclusively revealed the first plans of how the new King’s Quarter will look earlier this month.

The current King’s Square will become triangular shaped with a new building in front of The Regal, for shops and a cinema.

A second square will be created on Market Parade, in front of Tesco and Subway. New units home to designer retailers will open around that square, including an anchor tenant.

Councillor Paul James said: “The vast majority of the funding is now in place so the project has the green light to go ahead. This latest funding will give Gloucester the bus station it so desperately needs.”

A planning application will be submitted by developer Stanhope by the end of the year.

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  • SandraPee  |  May 18 2014, 11:33PM

    RWT1203 NO ! Older people in particular want face to face contact with another person, not yet another ''machine'' !

  • RWT1203  |  May 18 2014, 10:08PM

    Get an ATM for tickets! Print your tickets out there and then.

  • jas37  |  May 18 2014, 9:52PM

    Has the City council or Stanhope considered putting in an application for a grant/funding for a Theatre? Surely this would be of far greater benefit to the City Centre than another Cinema? (I do recognise that attracting a Cinema operator is no-doubt a far easier task than creating a Theatre from scratch).

  • SandraPee  |  May 18 2014, 9:49PM

    National Express SHOULD have a ticket office within the new bus station . It's a nonsense for people to have to go to the Tourist Information Office to purchase one . With a growing older generation , a lot of whom choose not to have a computer , surely it makes sense to be able to buy your ticket where you board your coach rather than traipse over to what will probably be Westgate Street to the next Tourist Information Centre .

  • bdbear  |  May 18 2014, 8:20PM

    No national express do not do ticket offices any more you either go to the tourist office ( it helps them as they get a cut of the money ) or you order them on line . Y es I know we are not all on line but it is cheaper this way for them .

  • Kay_Powell  |  May 18 2014, 8:13PM

    JemmyWood, the answer is almost certainly that you'll have to buy your ticket online; this can be difficult enough for those who are computer literate, but impossible for many of the current users of National Express.

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  • JemmyWood  |  May 18 2014, 3:20PM

    I'll ask again, as I still haven't been able to find out ...Is there going to be a National Express Ticket Office at the new Bus Station, or are people still be expected to trapse across the city centre to the tourist office...........? Answers please on a postcard to : joined up thinking please c/o Gloucester Kings Quarter regeneration project.