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New Gloucester bus station plans move one step closer

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

Sight for sore eyes... Gloucester bus station

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Plans for a new Gloucester bus station have moved one step closer after a rival Cheltenham bid for government money fell through.

The new bus station was sixth on a list of transport improvement priorities for the county – but a £3.3million bid to help build extra platforms at Cheltenham railway station, which was fourth, has collapsed.

A meeting on April 9 of the Gloucestershire Local Transport Board will decide whether to make Gloucester’s bus station a higher priority.

The new bus station would have a smaller footprint but would be more efficiently designed.

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The £9.8million pot of money up for grabs from the government is likely to only fund the top four priorities.

Other schemes to benefit include the A40 bus lane at Benhall and the bus corridor to the west of Cheltenham.

City council leader Paul James, who also sits on the transport board, said: “The bus station is critical to giving a good first impression of the city and will act as a catalyst for the King’s Quarter development.

“The local transport board will look at the application using the agreed criteria and I know King’s Quarter developers Stanhope and city council officers are working hard to get the best bid in.”

A stumbling block is that a new bus lane for Metz Way is currently deemed a higher priority than the bus station but even councillors whose wards would be boosted by the scheme have demanded that the bus station be put forward.

City councillor Phil McLellan (LD, Barnwood) said: “My gut feeling is that King’s Quarter might not be viable if the bus station has to be part of the package so it needs to be funded by other means. If they are putting £2million into improving the railway station, we don’t want to be left with a frankly awful bus station.”

He urged Coopers Edge housing developers to fork out for the Metz Way bus lane as promised in their original house building agreement but later dropped because of the recession.

A Liberal Democrat motion to ask the city council to back the bus station bid was won. Councillor Jeremy Hilton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “There is some cash available now and anyone who has used the bus station will see that we desperately need a new one. A new bus station will give visitors a better welcome too.”

A new revised scheme for Cheltenham railway station is being drawn up but it is thought to be smaller than the last bid. Both Network Rail and First Great Western declined to support the previous £19.3million project to build extra platforms.

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  • Rexey  |  April 01 2014, 10:16AM

    We really need a new railway station at Quedgeley on the main line

  • jas37  |  March 13 2014, 10:12PM

    A Bus lane in Metz way would be a serious step backwards. A new Bus Station would be a huge leap forward.

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  • JoftheMead  |  March 13 2014, 5:03PM

    A new bus station is definitely a priority over building a bus lane along Metz Way from Blake Hill Way to Eastern Av; which has been estimated at a huge £1m. Buses do not get held up travelling along this stretch, if anything the buses hold up the other traffic, so the benefit of the bus lane is that it will be easier to drive a car. Except when reaching Eastern Av, heading into the city centre, where the two straight over lanes will be reduced to one, to allow for the bus lane, then traffic will back up all the way to KFC.

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  • MrBigEdd99  |  March 13 2014, 3:12PM

    should of been bulldozed and rebuilt twenty years ago!

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  • robchina  |  March 13 2014, 1:06PM

    I regularly travel to Gloucester from the Forest of Dean (Mitcheldean) and nothing would make me or most of my fellow travellers alight or board at the bus station. It is a blot on the good name of Gloucester. It is filthy, full of smokers and haunted by anti-social elements. Several of the adjacent shops are occupied by bottom end businesses. How are we to persuade people that public transport is a better option than the car while things continue as they are?

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  • SandraPee  |  March 13 2014, 11:26AM

    Surely the Cooper's Edge development company has a legal obligation to provide the bus lane if it was part of the planning application agreement , recession or no recession. Was it just a ''promise'' or part a legal document ? It does however beggar the question ''do we really need a bus lane on Metz Way ''? I thought Stanhope were funding the bus station and surrounding areas within the King's Quarter regeneration . what Gloucester does not want is for the scheme to fail even before it begins . Perhaps the Citizen could remind us what the proposals were and where that funding was coming from ?

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