Plans for 2km of highways improvements around new £30 million school revealed
Plans for 2km of new footways and cycleways around the new High School Leckhampton building have been revealed.
Gloucestershire County Council has invested £30 million to provide a new secondary school in the area, which will provide much-needed school places for 900 pupils in Cheltenham aged 11 to 16-years-old.
A number of new highways improvements will be made in order to ensure that parents, carers, and pupils can access the school as easily as possible.
The improvements made to the highways network, including a new footway and off-road shared footway/cycleway along Kidnappers Lane, which will provide a continuous link along the whole of the road. It will promote sustainable travel to the site, and make it easier to travel to school by foot, on bike, and by bus.
As part of the school’s commitment to sustainable travel, over 100 secure cycle parking spaces will be provided at the new site.
The High School Leckhampton welcomed its first pupils this year while based at Balcarras School, and will relocate to the new school building in time for the second year of intake in September 2022.
Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet member for economy, education, and skills at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The highway improvements around the new High School Leckhampton building are an important part of Gloucestershire County Council’s £100 million investment into schools in the county.
“These improvements will allow parents, carers and pupils to get to and from the new school in more environmentally friendly ways, such as walking or cycling.
“The school will, when full, provide 900 much-needed school places for Cheltenham, and I am looking forward to seeing the High School Leckhampton relocate to the area.”
The improvement work is expected to begin in December and will take around six months to complete.
In addition, a new Toucan crossing, which is designed for use by pedestrians and cyclists at the same time, will be installed on the A46 Shurdington Road between Woodlands Road and Kidnappers Lane. The existing crossing, near the Kidnappers Lane-Shurdington Road junction, will also be upgraded to a Toucan crossing.
Cllr Emma Nelson, local member for Leckhampton and Warden Hill at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This new school facility, and the wider highways projects that come with it, will bring benefits to the community in the south of Cheltenham.
“Additional footways and cycleways around the new school will make it easier and safer for residents to navigate around their community.
“Improvement works will also be undertaken at the junction of Kidnappers Lane and the A46 Shurdington Road that will increase its capacity. This will include a yellow box marking on the A46 to prevent blocking across the junction.”
Helen Wood, Head Teacher of The High School Leckhampton, said: “Everyone involved with the school community is very excited about our move to the new site at Farm Lane in September 2022. Our facilities will be first class and we can’t wait to settle into our permanent home.
“We have already started talking to the pupils about the eco-credentials of the new school buildings and in-keeping with our focus on sustainability, we will be encouraging our pupils to walk or cycle to school.
“We are delighted to see this investment in new footpaths and cycleways around the school, as it will reassure parents that their children can access the school in a safe way, and encourage us all to reduce our carbon footprint. "