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New masterplan approved for Gloucester's Railway Triangle

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: August 05, 2010

Masterplan: An artist's impression of the proposed new development

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​A new masterplan for the transformation of Gloucester's Railway Triangle has been approved.

After Gloucester Rugby decided to remain at Kingsholm four years ago - instead of relocating to a new community stadium at the Railway Triangle - the new masterplan was finally approved by the Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company (GHURC) Board last Friday.

It sets out a vision for the 30-acre site, which has been derelict for years and is currently owned by Network Rail, to be a sustainable, residential-led mixed use development with green spaces and community orchards connecting the site right through to the City centre.

The plan includes 360 new homes, of which  a quarter will be apartments, around 700 square metres of community retail, a health innovations centre, allotment spaces and a landmark pedestrian bridge across the railway line.  Network Rail will relocate to the southern part of the Railway Triangle, on the other side of Metz Way.

A series of new connections into the city will be constructed from an area that has never had public access before.   These will include a new junction for pedestrians, cyclists and motor traffic off Metz Way, new pedestrian and cycle access crossing the railway onto Derby/Horton Road and another link onto Armscroft Park via an upgraded Blinkhorns Bridge Tunnel.

Direct pedestrian access to the City Centre from Great Western Road will be via the station subway, which is shortly to undergo a £100,000 improvement scheme to improve lighting and security via CCTV.

Chris Oldershaw, Chief Executive of the GHURC, said: “This has always been a challenging site but we now have a scheme which makes sense for the city and for which there is already expressions of interest from the private sector.”

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    Fat Sam¿, Abbeymead, Gloucestershire  |  August 06 2010, 8:01PM

    Gloucester desperately needs a new station to make it attractive to visitors, both business and tourist. There's plenty of space to move the tracks if need be. The impression the current station gives is of a downmarket, dowdy city that nobody would want to venture into. Then again, a bright, brand new station might fall fowl of the Trade Descriptions Act.. I travel a fair bit by train and Gloucester Station is right down there with Didcot and Swindon. Still, no station is better than the bus shelter/public toilet of a station that had been planned for Elmbridge Court.

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    Dont ya Know, FoD  |  August 06 2010, 1:51PM

    No new station? Unbelieveable. I honestly can't beleive it would be a hard thing to do. I would imagine it to be in where the Birm to Bristol line meets the Birm to South walesline. And a line from the new bus station (kings square ish) straight into the new railway station in the triangle. (similar to a tramline). All easily acheivable.

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    Joe K, Barton & Tredworth  |  August 06 2010, 1:35PM

    Geraint, that's like saying the problem of getting a council house can be solved by being 'a little pregnant' and 'a bit unmarried'. In reality, moving a set of tracks even twenty feet inwards would cal for many more to be adjusted, probably up to the points of the 'triangle'. Effectively, the whole Triangle would have to be shrunk to allow platforms on the outside. Still, I may have been precipitous in thinking that people were suggesting platforms on all sides of the Triangle. The suggested repositioning of the station above isn't so ambitious, just moving it down the line. I doubt anything more complicated will be entertained by planners.

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    Sandra, Gloucester  |  August 06 2010, 10:54AM

    Lisa, re King's Square, I think you'll find that one of the designs includes trees and water features .......... or have we already done that before and found it didn't work .....

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    geraint, gloucester  |  August 06 2010, 9:54AM

    Joe K, A little realignment of the tracks and problem solved.

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    Mallard, Gloucester  |  August 06 2010, 8:07AM

    Gloucester Urban Regeneration Thingy? I really can't remember seeing these "decision makers" on the Ballot Paper last time I voted - can you ? Yet again the wishes of the electorate completely ignored, by people who were not elected. Banana Republic ? Doesn't quite cover it.

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    lisa, glos  |  August 06 2010, 7:17AM

    great so again another oppurtunity to put something there for the gloucester residents to enjoy and bring in tourism and money has not been considered. We could have lots of things there from a skating rink or even some kind of small theme park/wildlife centre. Its disgusting that yet again we get permission for guess what More houses and flats. The word or thoughts of gloucester residents is never taken into consideration and we never see anything we would like in our own city. The only revenue its going to bring in is rent or initial sale of property which. They have ruined our docklands and now this area with unwanted accomodation, because lets face it its not going oon the ones that actually need housing desperately is it. I am fed up and its not suprising that so many people have come to dislike this town it offers nothing for the residents and hardly anything for tourists, our history is slowly being taken away by high rises and unwanted new builds instead of providing a much needed new station and something to keep money and tourists in our town. I dread whats going to happen to kings square once some private company designs that and gets iit agreed. Maybe we should be asking the college students to design our city for us.

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    Matt H, Cheltenham  |  August 05 2010, 7:05PM

    The design / layout of the Quays development has been questioned this week (by a 17-year-old student), so let's hope those behind this "masterplan" for the Railway Triangle have done their homework better than those responsible for the Quys. And Sandra has picked up the quoted cost for the subway "improvements", which were originally going to cost £750k, got reduced to £420k, and now it's £100k (which still seems a lot to "improve lighting and security via CCTV") - something just doesn't add up.....

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    Sandra, Gloucester  |  August 05 2010, 5:59PM

    ''Direct pedestrian access to the city centre from Great Western Road will be via the station subway , which is shortly to undergo a £100,000 improvement scheme to improve lighting and security via CCTV''. Correct me if I'm wrong, but, wasn't this to also include a paint job , and the original scheme funding to do this was going to be reduced by £330,000 from £7500,000 ? Where does the £100, 000 come from ? Also, if this particular area is going to be part of a new masterplan, surely a decent , well thought out upgrade should be on the cards and not just a cosmetic lick of paint etc which will leave a flight of steps at one end to be negotiated .

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    Joe K, Barton & Tredworth  |  August 05 2010, 5:29PM

    Has anyone seriously considered the practical aspects of placing a station at the Triangle, or do you just think, 'It's a triangle, where three lines meet, it would be neat to put a station there'? Theoretically, it's an interesting proposition, but you'd need to put a platform on both sides of each track. You could put a bridge or subway in for the outer platform but, while Allstone might give up the space, would the businesses on Eastern Avenue, or the the residents behind Alfred Street?