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Easing traffic congestion in the West of Cheltenham

Published
11.06.2019

Residents, commuters and local businesses are invited to find out about the West of Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme; the project to upgrade the highway infrastructure to help support the development of the UK Cyber Business Park.

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Designers and consultants from ‘Atkins’ and representatives from the council’s highways team will be attending two public events showcasing the first 2 phases of the West of Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme.

  • Tuesday 18 June, 2pm - 7pm, Jurys Inn Hotel, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, GL51 0TS
  • Thursday 20 June, 5:30pm - 9pm, St Mark’s C of E Junior School, Robert Burns Avenue, Cheltenham, GL51 6NU

Cheltenham is a key driver for the economic prosperity of Gloucestershire as well as the wider South West region. Gloucestershire County Council is highly supportive of the emerging Cyber Park proposal which includes 45 hectares of much needed employment land, focussed on cyber industries generating new high skilled jobs, together with facilitating the delivery of the GCHQ Cyber Innovation Centre.

Traffic congestion already exists to the west of Cheltenham and this needs addressing through appropriate and sustainable highway improvement measures. The first 2 phases of improvements include:

Phase 1 - Arle Court Roundabout

  • Provision of an additional circulatory lane around the roundabout
  • Corresponding additional lanes to the A40 on the approaches and exits to and from the junction
  • Widening the Hatherley Lane arm to the south side of the roundabout
  • Bus lane modifications to improve capacity
  • Park and Ride entrance/exit westbound (towards Gloucester) from Arle Court Roundabout

Phase 2 - M5 Junction 11 (J11) southbound slip road to Arle Court Roundabout

  • M5 J11 to Arle Court eastbound carriageway widening (towards Cheltenham)

The estimated, total cost of the two phases combined is £13m. All 4 phases of the project are estimated to cost £22m. The funding for the scheme is coming from the Gloucestershire First Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirst LEP) Growth Deal and is subject to their approval of a Full Business Case later this year.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for economy, education and skills, said: “The county council is looking to the future by committing to support a strong local economy, the creation of jobs and delivering a fit for purpose road network. The improvements will help to tackle existing congestion and make sure that the roads in the area can accommodate more traffic.

“I encourage anyone who lives nearby or uses this road on their commute to go to the drop in events or visit the website to find out more about these important highway improvements.”

More information

If you have any questions or comments regarding this scheme and are unable to attend either event, please email majorprojects@gloucestershire.gov.uk  

You can find more information including FAQs at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/west-chelt-tis

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