The B4063 Gloucester to Cheltenham Cycle Improvements Scheme started as a National Highways (formally Highways England) project with the strategic aim to link the major areas of Gloucester and Cheltenham and the villages in between.
A series of ring-fenced funds have been designated by National Highways to invest in cycle infrastructure. A study was done in 2015/16 to assess the most continuous, direct, comfortable, safe attractive route for cyclists of all abilities and the B4063 was selected as the preferred route (near the A40 strategic corridor). The A40 is not suitable for a cycle route due to high speeds and the motorway junction.
National Highways completed preliminary design which has been passed to Gloucestershire County Council and their design team at Atkins for further development. Detailed design is due to be completed during the 2020/21 financial year for construction in 2021/22.
The Gloucester to Cheltenham Cycleway is part of the wider ambition for a Gloucestershire Cycle Spine, extending across the county from Stroud in the south to Bishop's Cleeve in the north. The Cycle Spine will create a significant cycling and walking network across the county, and represent a step-change in terms of quality and connectivity.
As a result of successful applications for National Highways and both the Levelling Up Fund and Active Travel Fund, the sections from Bishops Cleeve to Cheltenham and through Gloucester City Centre (sections in red) are also being developed. It will give a continuous route for cyclists and make cycling and sustainable travel more appealing; helping to get people out of their cars, improving the amount of traffic in the area.
The new cycle path will be accessible to all, aiming to improve health and wellbeing in the community while reducing Gloucestershire’s carbon emissions. If there’s less traffic around, buses are more likely to be on time too.
The route will help people reboot their commute, as it will link up Churchdown, Innsworth and Staverton to public transport hubs in both Gloucester and Cheltenham. The route also links up with many different work places, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and University of Gloucestershire campuses.
Approximately 10km (6 miles), the proposed scheme runs between Arle Court roundabout to the west of Cheltenham to London Road (junction Black Dog way) Gloucester via Staverton, Churchdown and Longlevens.
The proposed route can be split into two sections:
Gloucester city to Elmbridge Court roundabout (section one)
- Gloucester City Centre to Estcourt Rd Roundabout
- Estcourt Road Roundabout to Elmbridge Court Roundabout
Elmbridge Court roundabout to Arle Court roundabout (section two-four)
- Elmbridge Court Roundabout Brickhampton Golf course
- Brickhampton Golf course to M5 Overbridge
- M5 overbridge to Pheasant Lane
- Pheasant Lane to Arle Court
Final design details are to be agreed following further discussions. These sections may not be delivered in numerical order.
Map for the cycleway
(Elmbridge Court roundabout to Arle Court roundabout section):