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New junction launched as bus station project gathers pace

A new junction is now being used by motorists as work continues on preparing Gloucester's £7.5 million bus station.

The junction at Station Road and Bruton Way replaces the former roundabout. Motorists can no longer use Bruton Way outside the Land registry entrance in either direction.

The project is still ongoing and work on the second phase of the road works has already started. This will include the closure of part of Bruton Way, changes to the taxi parking on Market Parade, a new footway/cycleway and improving the train station junction.

Now that phase one is finished, work on the bus station itself can begin. Crews are currently prepping the ground and making sure the site is safe so work can start putting shovels in the ground in September.

Work is still on track for the bus station to be finished by the summer of 2018. It includes a modern fully enclosed concourse, 12 bus bays, a manned ticket office, electronic timetable displays, high-spec public toilets, a new cafe and CCTV.

Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: "I'm really pleased with the progress to date with the bus station and am looking forward to seeing the next stages start.

"The council is fully committed to the regeneration of the city centre. The new bus station will look impressive and modern, but is just the start of a much bigger plan to revitalise the heart of the city."

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The road works are an integral part of the new bus station. By opening up the junction on Station Road and Bruton Way will ease traffic and allow the buses to get into the station quicker."

Whilst the construction work is being carried out, the existing bus station will remain fully functioning and existing bus routes and stops are not expected to change.

Pictured: The new junction (top) and how the new bus station will look

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