Arle Court Transport Hub
Gloucestershire County Council is proposing improvements to Arle Court Park and Ride (now known as Arle Court Transport Hub), in Cheltenham, to expand bus services and to improve facilities on site and connections to the walking and cycling network.
The aims of the scheme are to:
- Improve connectivity within, to and from the west Cheltenham area for sustainable transport as people look for alternatives to cars;
- Improve connectivity to enable more journeys to central Cheltenham, Gloucester, the railway station and the hospitals by sustainable modes of travel;
- Provide a regular, reliable transport solution that will reduce unnecessary car journeys into central Cheltenham.
An upgrade to the site was included as part of the initial package proposed for the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme, which successfully gained funding from Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) in 2020.
To accelerate the Arle Court Transport Hub project programme, we have decided to progress the scheme through a separate planning route to the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme. More information about the proposed improvements under the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme can be found here.
These proposals also support Gloucestershire’s carbon neutral ambitions by making sustainable modes of travel available in this area. Improvements to the site and transport options will support any planned housing and economic development sites in west and north-west Cheltenham.
Improving and expanding services and facilities
An expansion of, and improvements to the Arle Court Transport Hub are proposed in order to provide a more integrated transport network by enabling opportunities to switch to more sustainable transport modes around Cheltenham. The improvements to the existing Park and Ride site have a focus on sustainable transport and providing high-quality alternatives to car use. We are considering a range of on site facilities to add convenience and comfort to people’s journeys.
Currently, our proposals are in the initial (preliminary) design stages.
Obtaining planning permission
Gloucestershire County Council will be seeking to obtain planning permission from Cheltenham Borough Council for improvements to the Arle Court Transport Hub. It is likely that a planning application will be submitted in late 2021.
If you have any questions about these proposals please contact us by e-mailing ArleCourtTransportHub@atkinsglobal.com