Plans for Elmbridge Court park and ride to be examined
FUTURE plans for rush-hour traffic in Longlevens will come under the microscope at a public consultation into the much- vaunted Elmbridge Court park and ride scheme.
Bus lanes will provide a 10-minute turn-up-and-go bus service between Cheltenham and Gloucester.
Longlevens Library will host one of a number of events over the next few weeks to give the public an idea of how the multi- million pound development will look.
The Elmbridge Transport Major Scheme will provide 1,000 park and ride spaces and a transport interchange at a cost of £16.5 million.
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It is hoped the scheme will be completed by 2015.
Longlevens Community Association's Murray Browning, said it will be interesting to find out more about the scheme. He said: "Like many other people in Longlevens, I know very little about the scheme and the impact it will have on the community.
"Anything that helps take the pressure off rush-hour traffic would be welcomed.
"But it is difficult to comment further until everyone is fully aware of the details in the plans." He added: "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, it has to be a good thing.
"The parking rates in towns and cities are the biggest problem and they are 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. Elmbridge Court roundabout, which is between Cheltenham and Gloucester, is already one of the busiest traffic junctions in the county.
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.
Longlevens Library, in Church Road, will host an event on Wednesday, January 30 from 4pm to 7pm.
There will be another at Churchdown Community Centre in Parton Road the day after, from noon to 5pm.