Councillor Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council, will lead a ‘Topping out’ ceremony this Friday to celebrate an important milestone for the new bus station.

The ‘Topping Out’ which is an ancient custom to bring good luck to a new building, will see representatives from the city council gather with local partners GFirst LEP, construction company Kier, and dignitaries from around Gloucester to mark the completion of the roof.

The ceremony will involve the symbolic tying of a sprig of spruce to the highest point of the structure.

The £7.5m state of the art bus station funded by GFirst LEP and the city council, will serve as a new transport hub for Gloucester and is one of the first major regeneration projects on the north side of the city centre.

It is a key regeneration project for the city and will compliment the planned multi-million pound facelift for the city’s train station and the nearby Kings Quarter development.

The glass fronted bus station will feature digital screens with real time information for passengers, a café, toilets and seating areas as well as a display of the Roman wall that was discovered underneath the foundations.

It is also equipped with solar panels to power internal lighting and has been designed to be fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Leader of Gloucester City Council, Councillor Paul James said : “I’m delighted to reach this significant milestone for the new transport hub which is going to be a great asset for the city. It will not only make it much more pleasant and efficient for people using public transport but will also mean that visitors are welcomed to our city by a fantastic new modern building.”

GFirst LEP, Deputy Chief Executive, Dev Chakraborty said. “GFirst LEP are delighted to have invested into the new Transport Hub right in the heart of Gloucester City. The LEP is here to invest in skills, to invest in people and to invest in infrastructure like the new Transport Hub, this all combines to help grow the economy of the county and create jobs.”

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