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Summer schedule to start Gloucester tunnel work

Work to improve the infamous underpass alongside Gloucester Railway Station are on target to begin during the summer, according to the city council leader.

The scheme to improve the walkway between the station car park and Great Western Road is part of a wide project to redevelop the station.

And Councillor Richard Cook said work is imminent after lengthy lobbying for £6million of funding and support for the project.

He said: "Finally we have both. Delivering a cleaner, better underpass with security cameras and a non-leaking has been one of my highest priorities.

"It's the quickest and best way from the bus station and city centre to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, which is used by thousands.

"Plans are prepared and work should start on the car park exits this spring and on the underpass this summer."

Planned work on the station include a new bus lay-by at the entrance with an access route for buses, improved car parking layout with electric vehicle charging points and improved pedestrian routes through the forecourt.

There will also be an improved junction with Bruton Way and a new one with Metz Way.

GFirst LEP helped secure £1.7million from the Department for Transport for part of the scheme.

Chief executive David Owen said: "The investment will not only create a much better environment for passengers but will provide more attractive, safer and inclusive access. It will also improve the connectivity of the city."

See the upcoming online edition of Punchline Annual magazine for the latest on GFirst-funded projects throughout Gloucestershire.

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