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New £40million Gloucester Services ahead of schedule

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

  • Inside the MSA

  • Inside the motorway services

  • Artist's impression

  • The new service area

  • The new services at Brookthorpe

  • The new service area is on track for this summer

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Gloucester's new £40million service station is beginning to take shape and the build is ahead of schedule.

The development, between M5 Junctions 11a and 12, is being built by Westmorland, which owns and runs Tebay services on the M6 in Cumbria, in partnership with Gloucestershire Gateway Trust.

Back in September The Citizen paid a visit to the site to check on the progress of the main building, filling station, car parks, outside eating area and slip roads. The hub was little more than a shell, while the rest of the site was very much work in progress.

However, the main building is now full of character with the interior beams adding a homely yet grand feel to the place.

Elsewhere, 450 tons of Cotswold stone has been delivered and is going up in the form of walling across the site.

Gavin Bastyan, head of Gloucester Services, said: “Work is going really well on the site and we are ahead of schedule.

“It’s difficult to put a date on when we hope to open because a lot could happen between now and then, weather could put us back for example, but we are working hard to open as soon as we can.”

Progress is also being made to fill the 150 positions being made available at the new service station.

“We have already started recruiting for the senior management positions,” added Mr Bastyan.

“And in January we will start to fill the rest of the jobs. We will be having an academy, based at Gloucestershire College and Stroud College, where people will be trained up for the jobs available.

“The academy will involve confidence building, customer service training, till training, how to make coffee, practical things like that.

“If they are successful in the academy then they will be invited for an interview with us.”

Alexander Evans, a buyer at Westmoreland, added: “Work on the Gloucester build is running ahead of schedule.

“The buying team have been equally busy and last month met over 160 local producers at a series of meet the buyer events.

“We have got further visits scheduled for January with a plan of having everything in place for the build hand over in May 2014.”

The new services will open in June 2014, for regular updates and images you can visit their blog www.gloucesterservicesblog.com

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  • Kay_Powell  |  December 29 2013, 7:57PM

    Supernova, as you should know, it was made very clear to the developers back in 2009 that many locals, countryside organistions (such as the CPRE) and the commercial rivals would all be fighting tooth-and-nail to stop the development on farmland at Brookthorpe. And yet Mark Gale still promised his accolytes in Matson that the services would open by the autumn of 2012. So, who was being disingenuous?

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  • supernova1  |  December 29 2013, 10:33AM

    Kay-Powell............as you well know, it was delayed by pointless appeals. Westmorland are a brilliant company, and they only put out anticipated dates prior to the appeals process. Your comment is disingenuous, as the job seekers in the area would have known EXACTLY what was being done by the NIMBYs.

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  • daveofglos  |  December 28 2013, 7:15PM

    Lecorche - there'll be one on each side - from their website: The northbound services will be developed first, opening in time for Summer 2014 and the southbound services will then follow.

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  December 28 2013, 1:39PM

    I lost interest in this years ago, but wasn't it something about the development being justified by motorists coming off the M50 and southward needing a rest-stop, because they travelled the longest without one? Surely they must be able to access the service area?

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  • Lecorche  |  December 28 2013, 9:58AM

    Why is it only on one side of the road? How do we get in from the Southbound?

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  • Kay_Powell  |  December 27 2013, 10:27PM

    Ahead of schedule? Really? Some of us can remember that they originally told the jobseekers of Matson that the services would be opening in the autumn of 2012! Then again, the people behind this project were never that good at sticking to the truth.

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