Plans have been given the green light for a new £20 million timber-clad transport hub in Cheltenham as part of the Cheltenham Cyber Business Park project. The approved scheme represents a substantial upgrade to the Arle Court Park and Ride and is renamed the Arle Court Transport Hub.
A wood-faced four-storey car park dominates the plans, which also include a bus hub and cafe built in the eastern car park of the Arle Court Park and Ride in Hatherley Lane.
The scheme aims to expand bus services and improve facilities on-site as well as connections to the walking and cycling network in west Cheltenham. The number of parking spaces will increase from 576 to more than 900. Other features include a covered waiting area including seating, information screens and desk, refreshments and toilets.
It’s hoped the scheme will improve connectivity to enable more journeys to central Cheltenham, Gloucester, the railway station and the hospitals by sustainable modes of travel and reduce car journeys.
An upgrade to the site was included as part of the initial package proposed for the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme, which successfully gained funding from Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund in 2020.
Gloucestershire County Council decided to accelerate the Arle Court Transport Hub project earlier this year by going through a separate planning route to the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme.
Work on site is expected to begin in autumn 2022, with completion in winter 2023/24.