Plans revealed for new cafe at £33 million Arle Court transport hub

Businesses will be offered the chance to run a new cafe at Cheltenham's Arle Court Transport Hub from the summer, if plans are approved this March 2024 — with the council also on the lookout for providers of a high-frequency bus service.

By Jake Chown  |  Published
The £33 million Arle Court Transport Hub — which includes a new multi-story car park and passenger terminal — is due to open in August 2024.

There could be an opportunity to bid for the contract to run a cafe at Cheltenham's £33 million transport hub at Arle Court, under new proposals from Gloucestershire County Council.

The Arle Court Transport Hub is currently being upgraded to provide better sustainable transport options for Cheltenham residents and visitors, with a new large multi-story car park and passenger terminal set to open this August 2024.

The council is looking to award a ten-year contract to fit out and operate a cafe concession on site, along with a seven-year contract to run a high-frequency bus service between the hub and Cheltenham town centre.

The tender process for both contracts will begin in April if the proposals are approved by the council's cabinet this March 2024.

It is anticipated that the bus service contract will be awarded in July and begin in November 2024, while the cafe contract will be awarded in June and start in August 2024.

The government-funded upgrade of Arle Court also includes a new cycle and e-scooter hub; electric vehicle charging points including four rapid chargers; and a drop-off and pick-up point.

The new passenger terminal will include indoor and outdoor waiting areas; a driver rest room; an information desk; and public conveniences including a changing places toilet.

Councillor David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: 'The redeveloped Arle Court Transport Hub will be a big boost to sustainable transport choices for both local residents and visitors to Cheltenham, helping to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in the town.'

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