Skip navigation

Gloucestershire Business News

Council approves next step in vital junction 10 changes

Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) could be made to ensure a £219m upgrade to M5 junction 10 can go ahead.

Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet agreed in an online meeting on 22nd July to use the powers to purchase land, if needed, as part of the major scheme at Uckington near Cheltenham, as reported by the BBC.

The upgrade will make the junction two-way, giving access from the motorway both northbound and southbound. The junction currently has no access for southbound travellers and no exit for traffic coming from the south.

A public consultation on the plans is expected to take place in the autumn.

A funding grant for the project from Homes England is reliant on the council meeting certain conditions, including the power to use CPO if required for the highway works. The powers could be used if land was required to be bought for the works, but Cllr Nigel Moor said the "clear preference" would be to negotiate settlements with affected landowners.

The council says upgrading the junction is essential for the county's economy. It would link the M5 into west Cheltenham to 1,100 new homes, a school and a cyber business park.

It should also ease long-standing traffic congestion issues in Cheltenham caused by motorists travelling across the town on local roads to reach junction 11.

Related Articles

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Tuesday, August 11 Image

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Tuesday, August 11

The latest important news and updates from across Gloucestershire as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Versarien remains optimistic after reporting loss Image

Versarien remains optimistic after reporting loss

Versarien chief executive Neill Ricketts expressed "optimism and confidence" despite reporting a £4.7million pre-tax loss.

Debenhams announces 2,500 jobs to go Image

Debenhams announces 2,500 jobs to go

Debenhams is cutting 2,500 jobs from stores and warehouses in a move it says was giving the company "every chance of a viable future".

Kohler Mira put shirt on Cheltenham Town again Image

Kohler Mira put shirt on Cheltenham Town again

Cheltenham Town have agreed a two-year extension for Kohler Mira to remain as the club's shirt sponsors.

Copyright 2020 Moose Partnership Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any content is strictly forbidden without prior permission.