Public give first views on multi-million pound Elmbridge scheme
MULTI-MILLION pound improvements to one of the county's busiest roundabouts have been met with a lukewarm response at the first public consultation.
The Elmbridge transport major scheme will provide 1,000 park-and-ride spaces and a transport interchange at a cost of £16.5million.
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 2016.
The first public consultation event staged at Sainsbury's in Barnwood yesterday was an opportunity to see the plans up on display.
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It is hoped the scheme will help ease congestion in the area and encourage more people to shop in Cheltenham and Gloucester.
David Rolley, 75, of Barnwood Road, was one of the first to comment on the proposals.
"I have to travel to Churchdown and Elmbridge three times a week and that roundabout can be a nightmare to negotiate, particularly at peak times," he said.
The scheme also aims to tackle A40 congestion.
Sandra Lloyd, 38, from Cinderford who went along to Sainsbury's said the money would be better spent elsewhere. "The Highnam roundabout can be just as bad in the mornings for people travelling in from the Forest of Dean, money could have been spent there."
Keith Mulley, 82, from Abbeymead, was also at the consultation. He added: "Road markings are just as important as an expensive travel scheme like this," he said.
"The roundabout can be very confusing about who has right of way, this could make things worse."
Phil Raven, project manager from the county council's highways agency, said: "It is a busy junction with a high accident record,"
"It will provide an attractive alternative to people using their cars. The wider range of the scheme is to make it easier for people to get in to shop and do business. Hopefully park-and-ride prices will compare favourably with current parking charges."