West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Schemes - Frequently Asked Questions
All FAQs for the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Schemes are included on this page.
- When will the work start and finish?
- Why are the improvements necessary?
- What is the cost of the scheme?
- Who is paying for the scheme?
- What is the Full Business Case (FBC)?
- Who are the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)?
- Why can't these funds be spent on routine maintenance, such as filling potholes?
- These works are going to disrupt my journey, what will you be doing to help?
- How will you avoid creating excessive noise and air pollution during construction?
- How does this scheme accommodate the anticipated new development in the area?
- Do the proposed schemes include the previously withdrawn A40 Benhall Bus Lane scheme?
- Will cyclists, taxis and private hire vehicles be allowed to use the new bus lane along B4063?
- Have you considered the potential environmental impacts of the scheme?
- What will be the impact on the Air Quality Management Area (AQMA)?
- Where can I find out more about the schemes?
What will be the impact on the Air Quality Management Area (AQMA)?
The proposed schemes are located within the Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). The extents of the current AQMA are under review and monitoring data published in the Annual Status Report 2018 confirmed that air quality objectives are only exceeded in the north of Cheltenham town centre. By addressing existing and future traffic congestion the proposed schemes should lead to a reduction in associated pollutant emissions.
Improving the wider bus, pedestrian and cycle infrastructure around the scheme also brings the potential increased shift to more sustainable transport methods. However, it is recognised that the improvements will also increase traffic capacity, and in turn increase total traffic flows, which could lead to an increase in emissions.
Further air quality assessments will be carried out to fully assess how the proposed work will affect current conditions at sensitive receptors in the vicinity of the schemes. This will include examination of how construction traffic and dust emissions may affect neighbouring properties.
The project team are liaising with CBC's local Environmental Health Officer, to confirm the appropriate criteria for the affected road network and to confirm the appropriate assessment methodology and mitigation for air quality assessment and EU compliance assessment.