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 also considering a range of on-site facilities to add convenience and comfort to people’s journeys. These include:

  • Covered waiting area including seating;
  • Information screens and desk;
  • Indoor waiting area with opportunity for small kiosk or food offering; and
  • Toilets and a changing place.

The image below provides a visual representation of the proposals however please note that the scheme is in its initial (preliminary) design stage and the proposals are subject to change over the coming months as the design is finalised.

If you would like to provide feedback on the proposals, please contact us by emailing ArleCourtTransportHub@atkinsglobal.com or by calling 01454 66 2063.

 

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.

 

How to get in contact?

As the scheme progresses we will provide updates here. If you have any questions about these proposals please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions available on this page, or contact us by e-mailing ArleCourtTransportHub@atkinsglobal.com or by calling 01454 66 2063.

 

Next Steps

The text below outlines the key milestones for the Arle Court Transport Hub:

  • Late 2021: Gloucestershire County Council will submit a planning application to Cheltenham Borough Council
  • Late 2021: Opportunity for members of the public to comment on the planning application
  • Early 2022: Planning application decision
  • Autumn 2022*: Estimated start of construction (if planning permission is granted)
    • * The option to deliver advanced enabling works ahead of this date is currently being investigated.
  • Autumn 2023: Estimated end of construction (if planning permission is granted)

 

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