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The unwelcoming underpass linking the station with GreatWestern Road is to undergo major improvements

At the heart of the regeneration of this area is King's Quarter – the transformation of the area between East Gate, North Gate, the railway station and Bruton Way. A planning application – part detailed and part outline – has been submitted to the city council planners. It includes a replacement car park, some residential use and a new pedestrian street linking the railway and bus stations to King’s Square, which will become a vibrant public space. The aim is to start work on the latter in Autumn, 2019. King's Quarter may include bars, restaurants, offices and possibly a hotel – but definitely no major retail use. And in the wings, owners Reef Estates, supported by the city council, have prepared plans for a £12 million makeover for the adjoining King’s Walk shopping centre. Cllr James said: “It is really important that we keep up the momentum created by the opening of the new bus station. “All of these works that we are undertaking, whether it is putting in the planning applications or demolition work, are at a fairly significant cost. It does show the city council’s determination to deliver these schemes and its commitment to the city centre” l

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