West Cheltenham cycling and walking work starts sooner than planned
By Matt Hall | 14th January 2021
Gloucestershire County Council has brought forward the next stage of construction of the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme (WCTIS) with work starting in this month.
£1.6million of walking and cycling improvements on the A40, at Telstar Way and on Benhall roundabout in Cheltenham will start before the end of the Arle Court roundabout phase of improvements are complete to make use of quieter roads and bringing a continuous cycle connection to Cheltenham as soon as possible.
The West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme is split into several parts.
The first part involves Arle Court Roundabout and roads leading to it, adding a lane to the roundabout and improving the A40 underpass. Construction started in summer 2020 and is progressing well, currently on target to be completed by summer 2021.
The second part includes the A40 east of Arle Court Roundabout towards Cheltenham Spa Railway Station.
Investment of £1.6million in continuous off-road cycle facilities between Arle Court and Lansdown Rail Bridge will establish a key part of the cycle network planned between Cheltenham and Gloucester. This will be complemented by a quiet road cycle link from Princess Elizabeth Way through St Mark's to Cheltenham Spa Railway Station.
Other work in this second part includes junction improvements at two key junctions on the A40 at Telstar Way and Gloucester Road, Arle Court to Gloucester Road/Lansdown Road junction eastbound carriageway improvements (towards Cheltenham town centre) and an extra lane around Benhall Roundabout with wider approaches and exits.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for planning and environment, said: "I'm pleased to see work on transport improvements are progressing so well. This scheme will improve travel for all; connecting routes for pedestrians and cyclists as well as better journey times for public transport. Vehicle's contribute over 30 per cent of Gloucestershire's total carbon emissions and by building good routes for cyclists we hope it will help encourage people to get out of their cars and on their bikes."
David Owen, CEO GFirst LEP said: "In these challenging times, it's really positive seeing how the work on this project has progressed so well over the past 12 months. It is a hugely important project for us and indeed for the county. Supporting sustainable and active travel is at the heart of this scheme, and I'm excited for the future transport options this scheme unlocks.
"Our draft Local Industrial Strategy highlighted our desire to support more cycling and walking initiatives and this investment confirms that commitment."
The county council has appointed two contractors to complete the scheme - Knights Brown and Alun Griffiths.
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