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Blueprint for £15million platform project at Cheltenham Spa Train Station

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 14, 2013

By BEN EVANS

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TWO new platforms could be created at Cheltenham Spa Station at a cost of more than £15 million.

Plans would see the additional bay platforms built to provide a terminus for trains to and from London Paddington and Wales. The blueprint is the work of Cheltenham Development Task Force, the group which is seeking to rejuvenate the town.

The project, which will need to find funding, would mean a massive transformation of the existing two-platform station.

It is hoped the new bays will free up the existing platforms for trains not terminating at the station.

The new platforms would be particularly helpful when the town hosts big crowd events, like race week, with these passengers able to use the terminus instead of the main station.

Extra car parking would also be created under the plans and room would be carved out for new sidings where waiting trains could be placed.

The existing station would also be refurbished to include new shops.

And, while it is not a specific part of the scheme, the new project would also leave the door open to the creation of a light rail link between the station, along the Honeybourne Line and into town.

The plans have been submitted to the Local Transport Body (LTB) with the hope of receiving funding to carry out a feasibility study.

A number of other bids are already being submitted by other organisations like Gloucestershire County Council, which has asked for money for eight major transport projects.

The overall cost of the train station project has been estimated at £15.5 million.

Jeremy Williamson, managing director of the Task Force, said: "Cheltenham is a bit of a bottleneck at the moment, so this new scheme is about creating extra capacity.

"When the trains start here now, nothing else can pass through, so moving these trains to platforms which are off the main line will allow other trains to get through.

"We really are at the very start of what could be a very long journey."

The plans have already received the support of Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood, Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce, Cross Country Trains and TravelWatch SouthWest.

The LTB will now decide which projects it will support.

The existing ex-Red Star Parcel building would have to be demolished to make room for the new platforms.

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  • nikonman2010  |  March 14 2013, 6:17PM

    still it will give the sad acts more to watch jotting down what harry and billy train goes past plus they wanna tell the staff at the station now theyve put in barriers so you cant access the platform without a ticket to realise that their current attitude leaves alot to be desired one in particular thinks hes director general of network rail or chairman of First great western ..............no ur some plank in a reflective jacket who wants to get off his platform ...........excuse the pun

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  • nikonman2010  |  March 14 2013, 6:16PM

    still it will give the sad acts more to watch jotting down what harry and billy train goes past plus they wanna tell the staff at the station now theyve put in barriers so you cant access the platform without a ticket to realise that their current attitude leaves alot to be desired one in particular thinks hes director general of network rail or chairman of First great western ..............no ur some plank in a reflective jacket who wants to get off his platform ...........excuse the pun

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  • gloslad27  |  March 14 2013, 12:59PM

    The train companies said they would NOT stop at a new Gloucester Station if it was on the triangle or elmbridge court. So whats the point of building a station that is not gonna have any trains. Network Rail is going to build a rail freight terminal on the opposite side of the triangle.

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  • zinboya  |  March 14 2013, 11:34AM

    Surly its Gloucester that needs a new station, this could have been built on the railway triangle, where morrisons are going to build, so they can spend £15 million at Cheltenham and not at Gloucester.

  • Matt1006  |  March 14 2013, 11:29AM

    Tim - don't forget the section of embankment removed when Waitrose was built (where the old rail line crosses the new-ish Honeybourne Way road. The arched footbridge would have to be removed, and a rail bridge reinstalled, complete with new bridge abutments. And the old bridge which carried St. Georges Road over the railway line was totally re-built at the same time, and now doesn't have sufficient clearance beneath for trains (even light rail) to pass underneath, so a major re-build would be required again here. How many £millions would these 2 locations cost to allow for any sort of rail traffic to be reinstated? And given that the railway embankment in general hasn't had any traffic on it for nearly 40 years, would it be suitable for any form of rail reinstatement? Suspect they'd be a lot of opposition from residents adjacent to the line...

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  • TimMessanger  |  March 14 2013, 10:52AM

    The only disruption will be the installation of the new points, 2 platforms running up to the bridge (queens road) would be sufficient for the terminating trains. The two new platforms could also be used to service the possible reopening of the old line past the end of the "highstreet" with the building of a small station at this point with a shuttle service and even the Swindon trains stopping there would bring this end of town back to life. Once at this point there is only about 100m of trackbed missing (playing field) so what the hell reopen the whole thing. Imagine how many tourists this will bring into the town centre remember every £50,000 tourist spend is worth one full time job for the local economy!

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  • Matt1006  |  March 14 2013, 10:06AM

    Found it, Tim: http://tinyurl.com/c6brw4b Scroll to bottom of page, where you will find PDF downloads, including one for "Cheltenham Spa Station Remodelling".

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  • Matt1006  |  March 14 2013, 9:57AM

    Tim - it probably won't cost £15m, by the time it happens (if it does happen). It will cost more. There has been muted talks of re-establishing a link onto the old Honeybourne line at the existing station, but any thoughts of the line being reinstated are pie in the sky, when you consider the large chunks missing from the old railway formation, between Cheltenham Spa station and the end of the current GWR heritage line at the racecourse station. Never going to happen. I did see a document proposing this development on the list of transportation schemes in the area, which surfaced last week when the various road improvement projects were being discussed. Perhaps TiG could dig out a link for us...? If I recall, the 2 new proposed platforms are south of the existing rail tracks, so would be at the very end of the old Honeybourne line, basically at the bottom end of the station car park.

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  • chenery  |  March 14 2013, 9:56AM

    Great to know of the improvements to Lansdown Station. When I read of the plan to build a light railway to Cheltenham town centre I am hit by an overwhelming sense of deja vu,I suppose it would run to the St James terminus I mean waitrose and then perhaps the Racecourse wow isnt this an idea that worked really well for over 100 years.Maybe our esteemed planners should have less haste and more speed more often before they terminate something!!!

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  • a_calm_voice  |  March 14 2013, 9:49AM

    Oh dear another fantasy transport scheme to absorb public money on feasibility studies. Get real chaps, turning trains in the sidings at Cheltenham is already a slick operation which causes no more delays, other than a minute or so to check that terminating trains are empty, than turning them in bay platforms would. Like the light rail to the race course projects which pop up every five years or so, this is an expensive "solution" solving a problem that doesn't exist.

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