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Have your say on Elmbridge Transport plans

Published: 25 January 2013

People are being asked to give their views on plans to tackle congestion and improve public transport between Cheltenham, and Gloucester

Gloucestershire County Council is planning to build a 1,000-space park and ride at Elmbridge Court and improve transport links between the two urban areas.

To gauge public opinion on the Elmbridge Transport scheme, the council is launching a consultation and there will be a series of exhibitions for people to view the plans.

The changes are designed to get commuters on the bus, instead of using the car to reduce congestion at the surrounding junctions reduce vehicle emissions and improve traffic flow.

Traffic levels in the Cheltenham and Gloucester 'corridor' are already high and this is likely to increase further in the future.

The Elmbridge Court roundabout between Cheltenham and Gloucester is already one of the busiest traffic junctions in the county.

The proposed changes would help lessen the congestion in three key ways:

  • A 1,000 space park and ride site next to the Elmbridge Court Business Park, with a regular bus service serving Gloucester city centre, and linking in with Cheltenham town centre and Arle Court park and ride;
  • A series of improvements to the Elmbridge Court roundabout to increase its capacity; 
  • Bus priority measures on the approach to Arle Court roundabout in Cheltenham.

The consultation will start on Monday 28th January 2013, running until Monday 11th March 2013.

Questionnaires have been sent to local residents, and anyone will be able comment online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/majorschemes.

The exhibition events will allow residents to see the plans in more detail, with the opportunity to ask questions about the scheme.

Cllr Chas Fellows, Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment said "I am excited about the Elmbridge Transport proposals which will provide increased opportunities to reduce our reliance on car journeys and are designed to improve traffic flow through one of the county's busiest junctions. I encourage local residents, visitors and commuters to give us their views."

The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed in December that the council had been awarded £14.1 million towards the overall £18.0 million the scheme is estimated to cost.