Today,Churchdown Online has launched a petition calling for traffic improvements to be included in the £14million Elmbridge Court Transport scheme.
The parish council is determined to halt further moves towards completion of the £14million project until more thought is given to how residents will be impacted. Many claim the facility is a waste of money and will be of no benefit to those living in Churchdown. They are calling for traffic lights to be introduced to the plan to stop congestion along Cheltenham Road East..
The Elmbridge Court roundabout between Cheltenham and Gloucester is already one of the busiest traffic junctions in the county. The purpose of the proposed scheme is to tackle this congestion ‘hot spot’ on the A40 and to improve public transport between Cheltenham, Churchdown and Gloucester.
The scheme would help achieve these aims in three ways:
- A 1,000 space park and ride site next to the Elmbridge Court Business Park, with a high frequency bus service serving Gloucester city centre, and linking in with Cheltenham town centre and Arle Court park and ride;
- A series of improvements to Elmbridge Court roundabout to improve its capacity;
- Bus priority measures on the approach to Arle Court roundabout in Cheltenham.