In February 2017, the Government announced a Growth Deal 3 allocation of £22M for infrastructure to accelerate the release of employment land to house the Cheltenham Cyber Business Park. In line with the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision, developing the economy presents an opportunity for Gloucestershire to be a ‘magnet’ county, growing the working age population by keeping and attracting more 18-40 year olds with high level qualifications who want to live and work in the county.
Cheltenham is a key driver for the economic prosperity of Gloucestershire, as well as the wider South West region. The county council is highly supportive of the emerging Cyber Park proposal. The Cyber Park proposal includes 45 hectares of much needed employment land, focused on cyber industries generating new high skilled jobs, together with facilitating the delivery of the GCHQ Cyber Innovation Centre. Traffic congestion already exists to the West of Cheltenham however, and this needs to be addressed through appropriate, sustainable transport improvement measures. These measures will assist with the delivery of the Cyber Business Park in the future.
About the scheme
The West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme is split in to parts along the A40 corridor. The A40 eastbound (towards Cheltenham) including Arle Court and Benhall Roundabouts will see carriageway, walking and cycling improvements with the work lasting for about two years, comprising:
- M5 Junction 11 slip road and Arle Court Roundabout (June 2020)
- Telstar Way and Benhall Roundabout up to Gloucester Road Junction (early 2021)
- Walking and Cycling improvements linking A40 and Cheltenham Station (early 2021)
The session will be presented by Alan Bullock, a Project Manager within Gloucestershire County Council, the project lead within the Council's Major Projects Team and Chartered Engineer, who has 18 years of experience as a client, designer and contractor. He will be joined by Rae Suemul, Major Projects Lead for Atkins, who is a Chartered Engineer with 34 years of experience including management of complex multi-disciplinary projects and Graham Ellingford, Construction Manager for Atkins, who oversees the delivery of all major projects for the county council. Graham is a Chartered Engineer with 40 years' project delivery experience as both a business owner and senior manager for major UK and Overseas contracting organisations.
Alan, Rae and Graham will be supported by a wider Atkins/Gloucestershire County Council Team.
For more information please contact:
- e: [email protected]
- t: 0204 513 9104