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Extra £8.5m granted to improve Cheltenham's roads

Cllr Moor said: “This is the most prestigious project Gloucestershire County Council has delivered to date".

A new £8.5 million grant has been issued to improve transport facilities in West Cheltenham.

The government funding will be spent on new walking and cycling routes - including a path which will connect Cheltenham Railway Station to Arle Court Roundabout.

Extra lanes will also be built on major roads by Gloucestershire County Council, such as Telstar Way and Benhall Roundabout.

It is the second stage of the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme (WCTIS), which has cost £23.6 million in total.

The Council says the infrastructure will help the county recover from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said:

“Now that we have the full £23.6m package approved we can move ahead with the second part of the WCTIS scheme, which as well as supporting cycling and walking and reducing congestion, will help accelerate economic growth and boost jobs which is really welcome news.

“Supporting sustainable and active travel is at the heart of this scheme, and I’m excited for the future transport options this scheme unlocks".

The Council says work on this half of the initiative could begin before Christmas - the search for a contractor has begun.

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