Junction 10 upgrade to go ahead
Gloucestershire County Council has been awarded £219m to pay for the upgrade of Junction 10 of the M5.
In March last year the council submitted a bid to Homes England’s ‘Housing Infrastructure Fund’. The Government have now announced that this bid has been successful, so plans can now accelerate to build the new all-movements junction giving access from the motorway both northbound and southbound into Cheltenham.
The new junction will support areas identified for housing north and west of Cheltenham by district councils. The junction will also open up employment land, boosting economic growth and providing more jobs, as well as helping to improve local roads for the benefit of the entire county.
When the new junction is in place those travelling south from north west Cheltenham will be able to join the motorway without travelling across the town to junction 11; reducing congestion and improving journey times. The town’s environment will also receive a boost as traffic will be reduced on unsuitable urban roads.
To meet the funding conditions, and the challenging delivery programme, the council will now hit the ground running following months of preparations.
The staff costs for a new dedicated project team to deliver this hugely significant scheme were included as part of the bid so recruitment will start soon.
A public consultation is set to start in summer 2020 with an exact location for the new motorway junction being announced later in the year. The upgraded junction is anticipated to be open in 2024.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “This is fabulous news for Cheltenham and for Gloucestershire. This junction 10 upgrade won’t just cut congestion and cut traffic in Cheltenham. It also paves the way for affordable housing, for cyber jobs and for the future of central Gloucestershire. I want to thank the Chancellor for this investment in our county – which will pay a rich return to all of us in the years to come.”
The county council will run a competitive procurement process to secure all the necessary contracts to build the new junction. Further information is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/j10
A set of FAQs can be found on the webpage here
Further details of the delivery of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) for new housing and jobs, via Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough Councils as planning authorities, is available via the JCS website www.jointcorestrategy.org