Elmbridge Court park and ride consultation launches
THE future of rush hour traffic in Longlevens will come under the microscope at a public consultation into the Elmbridge Court park and ride scheme this month.
Longlevens Library will host one of a number of events in the coming weeks to give the public a clearer idea of the multi-million pound development.
The Elmbridge Transport Major Scheme will provide 1,000 park and ride spaces and a transport interchange at a cost of £16.5 million.
Bus lanes will provide a 10-minute turn-up-and-go bus service between Gloucester and Cheltenham. It is hoped the scheme will be completed by 2015.
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The Department for Transport has told the county council they would be willing to fund £14.1 million of the scheme.
Murray Browning, of Longlevens Community Association said: "Like many other people in Longlevens, I know very little about the scheme and the impact it will have on the community.
"Anyting that helps take the pressure off rush hour traffic would be welcomed, but it is difficult to comment until everyone is fully aware of the details.
"Town centres need all the help they can get. It is dead at the moment with the bad weather we have had, so if this helps bring in more people to shop in Gloucester it has to be a good thing.
"The parking rates in towns and cities is the biggest problem and is damaging businesses as it is putting off shoppers.
"Hopefully, a park and ride scheme will improve the situation."
The scheme aims to tackle congestion on the A40 and improve transport links between Cheltenham, Churchdown and Gloucester.
As the scheme could be considered a project of national significance, the final decision on the project could lie with the Secretary of State for Transport.
A consultation will run from Monday, January 28 to Monday, March 11.
The library in Church Road will host an event on Wednesday, January 30 from 4pm to 7pm with another at Churchdown Community Centre in Parton Road the day after from noon to 5pm.