Gloucester Trains & Station
Gloucester is well served by trains to most parts of the country, with London services departing from Paddington Station and frequently requiring a change at Swindon or sometimes at Bristol. The station boasts the longest platform in England (longer, apparently, than six football pitches) actually serving as two platforms, allowing one train to pull in behind another. For this reason, when departing from Gloucester, it is important to leave plenty of time to walk down the platform to catch your train. Speaking from experience, I can tell you that they don’t hold the train when they see someone running down the platform, waving madly! Gloucester’s main bus station is situated almost opposite the front of the train station; it is easily visible from the main car park exit.
The contact details listed are part of a national service and not those of the local station
Cheltenham to Gloucester: X94 Bus
If you are using public transport to travel between Cheltenham and Gloucester, you will find plenty of buses labelled with these as their start and finish points (94, 97, 98 etc). but most of them take routes through and around local residential areas, stopping frequently, which can take a long time.
A few years ago, a new service (X94) was introduced by Stagecoach. This takes a direct route between Market Parade (by Gloucester bus station) and Cheltenham town centre, making only two stops on the way, so it is quicker than the others. The total journey time is 25 minutes. Adult singles cost ?2.10 and adult returns cost ?3.35 but are available only after 9 am. The service runs every half an hour. If you just miss one, it would be quickest to take a 94 bus rather than the 97 or 98, both of which have very long routes.
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Car Parking at weekends - not free any more.
The River Severn forks into two channels at Gloucester. The land between these two channels is known as Alney Island. There is a car park on Alney Island, just opposite the historic Gloucester Docks. On week days it is not open to the public. The access is from the new western by-pass, which crosses Alney Island to link with the older Northern By-pass. OS grid ref 825184. There is a footbridge from the car park to the docks.
Note. There is a height restriction of 2 metres, so no caravans.
UPDATE - JUNE 2009. There is now a charge to use this car park. £2.00 all day. Pay and display. Still available weekends only
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