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Gloucester will soon have a railway station to be proud of

An important part of the regeneration of the Gateway to Gloucester will be the transformation of the rundown underpass linking the railway station and bus station with Great Western Road and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. “Our aim is to make it a safer, more accessible and much more attractive route,” said Cllr James. “Crucially, the improvements will get rid of the steps down to the underpass, providing a level access.The subway will also be straightened out so you will be able to see straight through it, with no worries about who may be lurking at the other end.” GFirst LEP will be providing £3.75 million in funding towards the £4.2 million project. The remains of the old bus station, empty Bentinck House and the adjoining Bruton Way multi-storey car park will be demolished and, although there is as yet no timescale, it is hoped the work will take place during 2019. The first part of the demolition work will involve the end of Grosvenor House, where the Furniture Recycling Project was previously based. This will enable archaeological excavations to take place, on what could be the site of Whitefriars Priory.

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