The second phase of the highways works that are supporting the new bus station in Gloucester City centre are almost complete. The taxi rank outside Grosvenor House has been temporarily moved, foundation works for the bus station have commenced and work has started on Market Parade.
Works have been taking place on the roads surrounding the new bus station and now utility companies have come back on site. In order for this work to be carried out safely and as quickly as possible, the taxi rank has had to be temporarily moved to three alternative locations. One rank will be on Station Road, a second on the The Oxebode and there is also a temporary taxi rank just outside the Wetherspoons pub on St Aldate Street.
Communications with those affected by the regeneration works has been a priority for the council. Regular meetings with taxi drivers have taken place since summer last year and are continuing to happen now.
Over the weekend, the resurfacing on the A430 Bruton Way railway station junction took place and has been completed. This means that the utility works can continue and work to support the new traffic signals can proceed.
We are now nearing the end of the highways work. The next stages on Market Parade and Station Road have already started; crews are removing the end of the central island (by Tesco) and preparing Bruton Way Spur (in front of Land Registry) to be opened on Sunday 15th October in one direction towards Station Road.
Cllr Paul James, leader and cabinet member for regeneration at Gloucester City Council, said: “Now that the second phase of highway works has finished, we have started ground works for the foundations of the bus station itself. We recognise that these works have caused short-term disruption for people who live and work in the area. The changes to the taxi rank are one example”.
“This is why throughout the entire project we have worked closely with partners and spoken with local businesses and residents so they are aware of what is happening and can influence the decisions we take on how we manage what is a very complex project. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while these vital works take place. The disruption will ultimately be worth it as we deliver a new, state of the art facility for Gloucester which will bring more people to the city and help to support the local economy.”
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