£20m green transformation for Cheltenham’s Arle Court

Photo shows: Arle Court Park and Ride, courtesy of GoogleMaps
Arle Court Google Maps

Gloucestershire County Council is set to transform Arle Court Park and Ride into a transport hub with a £20 million upgrade focussed on sustainable and active travel.

The county council’s cabinet will be asked to approve the search for a contractor to carry out the work at the site now known as Arle Court Transport Hub.

Improvements to the site will increase green transport options as well as provide support for more housing and jobs in west and north-west Cheltenham.

The proposals include: 100 electric vehicle charging spaces, with the capability to increase the number of spaces in the future, solar powered, doubling the site’s parking capacity and space for busses and coaches, passenger waiting room, improved pedestrian and bike access to Cheltenham and secure cycle storage.

Councillor David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “We know how important it is to provide more practical and attractive travel options to help people to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to improving our air quality. With increased housing proposed in the area it’s also essential that we continue to upgrade our transport infrastructure and do so in a way that builds in sustainability. This is also another project that will help us towards reaching our ambitious carbon reduction ambitions as a county.”

Currently, the plans are in the early stages with a planning application likely to be submitted to Cheltenham Borough Council in late 2021. If the application is successful the scheme could start as early as autumn 2022 and take around 12 months to complete.

The Arle Court Transport Hub scheme will be funded through the successful bid to the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), for £249m for the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme.