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With the post now standing at £8.5m phase two of Cheltenham transport scheme is go

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 29 June 2020 7:16

With the post now standing at £8.5m phase two of Cheltenham transport scheme is go

Almost £8.5 million has now been awarded by Gloucestershire’s most powerful business group to a transport scheme in Cheltenham. 

The county council has just revealed a further £1.6 million has been forthcoming from the county’s local enterprise partnership, enough now to make the scheme happen. 

With publicity weighted heavily towards what it says is the West Cheltenham scheme’s “cycling and walking” credentials, the decision by GFirst LEP means it has now given just shy of £8.5 million to what the county council describes as “much-needed transport improvements”. 

The total value of the scheme, funded by a Government Growth Deal via the GFirst LEP, now stands at £23.6million. 

This is the second part of the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme (WCTIS) includes improvements such as extra lanes at Benhall Roundabout and Telstar Way, and a new cycling and walking route connecting Cheltenham Railway Station to Arle Court Roundabout. 

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said the money would allow Cheltenham Borough Council to “move ahead” with the scheme which would support cycling and walking and reduce congestion on what is a busy commuter route. 

The search for a contractor is underway with plans to start work before Christmas, if work on Arle Court Roundabout and the M5 Junction 11 slip road runs to schedule. 

David Owen, chief executive officer of GFirst LEP, said: “This is our largest investment to date and supports a hugely important project for us and indeed for the county. Our draft Local Industrial Strategy highlighted our desire to support more cycling and walking initiatives and this investment confirms that commitment” 

The new cycleway and walking route will connect Princess Elizabeth Way to the A40, and link Arle Court Roundabout and Benhall Roundabout to the Railway Station. 

According to the county “these routes will help promote cycling as an alternative transport option for commuters in the area”. 

Find out more about the scheme online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/WCTIS