£26 million Cheltenham park and ride on track for summer 2024

A new transport hub with nearly 1,000 new parking bays, cycle spaces and a cafe has reached a major construction milestone, ready for a big reveal this summer 2024.

By Emma Luther  |  Published

It's all systems go at Cheltenham's £26 million Arle Court Transport Hub with work set to be completed this summer 2024.

Construction began on the new transport hub in May 2023 and significant progress has been made since — with a topping-out ceremony taking place this January 2024.

Once complete, it will offer regular bus services to Cheltenham and Gloucester and better connections to walking and cycling routes.

It will also provide a range of new facilities including a covered outdoor waiting area; real-time information screens and an information desk; an indoor waiting area with a cafe in the pipeline; electric vehicle charge points; and toilets, including a dedicated Changing Places toilet.

Cabinet member for environment and planning, councillor David Gray, said: 'We’ve made excellent progress. The new and improved Arle Court Transport Hub is a vital scheme for the local area, not only in terms of providing better transport services but also reducing car journeys and carbon emissions.'

Sitting at the end of the A40 dual carriageway from Gloucester, the hub is a short drive from junction 11 of the M5 and directly south of the site for the Golden Valley Development.

Work is being carried out by Kier Construction, which was awarded the construction contract by Gloucestershire County Council.

Andy Bolas, regional director at Kier Construction Western & Wales, said: 'It's fantastic to see this project taking shape now. We’re proud to be working with Gloucestershire County Council to deliver a project which will provide a boost to sustainable transport links in Cheltenham and across the county.'

The work is being funded by the UK Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund administered by Homes England and Gloucestershire County Council.

Once the transport hub and multi-storey car park opens in summer 2024, subsequent works on the west car park will be completed by autumn 2024.

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