West Cheltenham walking and cycling improvements move forward
At its meeting next week cabinet will consider a proposal to progress the second half of the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme (WCTIS) to the next stage.
The WCTIS scheme is split into several parts. The first part involves Arle Court roundabout and the roads leading to it, including the dual carriageway from M5 Junction 11 and work is already underway with the contractor Knights Brown on site.
Interested parties can take part in a live Q&A on the first part on 12 June 2020 via the county council’s YouTube channel. Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am on 10 June.
The second part, which is scheduled to start in late 2020 or early 2021, includes improvements on the A40 between Arle Court and Gloucester Road/Lansdown Road junction and will include widening at Benhall roundabout and Telstar Way, giving all road users better access in this area. There will be significant cycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements from Arle Court to Cheltenham Railway Station in this stage.
The £22 million of funding for this transport scheme has come from government via GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership; in addition a further £1.6million has been re-allocated by the GFirst LEP solely for cycling and walking in the area. The transport scheme will improve traffic flow and public transport options. The work also contributes to long term plans for the area, opening up employment land as part of the Joint Core Strategy, which includes the proposed Cyber Park and Cyber Innovation Centre.
The next step is for the council to look for a contractor to deliver the second half of the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme, including the walking and cycling improvements, which will follow on from the work currently in progress.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said, “I will be asking cabinet to agree that the second half of this major transport scheme can move forward and I’m particularly pleased that it includes £1.6m of walking and cycling improvements that will connect the area and provide a link to the railway station for cyclists and pedestrians.”
David Owen, CEO of GFirst LEP, said: “Even prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, our draft Local Industrial Strategy highlighted our desire to increase investment in both cycling and walking infrastructure across the county and to focus on climate change.
“The increase in usage of bikes over the past few months has been one of the few positives coming out of ‘lockdown’ and this investment will help to improve the road infrastructure for cyclists and walkers even further in West Cheltenham.”
You can find more information on WCTIS including FAQs at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/wctis
Papers for the cabinet meeting on 17 June can be viewed online here.