Work continues on flagship B4063 cycle route

The first section of the traffic-free route, from the M5 overbridge to Pheasant Lane, is nearing completion and the next part of the scheme, from Pheasant Lane to Arle Court, is due to begin on Thursday 14 April.

When finished, the six-mile path will provide a continuous off-road route for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

It will stretch between Arle Court roundabout in west Cheltenham to London Road in Gloucester, via Staverton, Churchdown and Longlevens, linking into a new off-road cycle route being built on the A40 as part of the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme.

It forms part of a planned 26-mile ‘cycle spine’ extending from Stroud to Bishops Cleeve, creating a substantial cycling and walking network through the county.

Contractors Colas have been appointed to build the next section of the B4063 route, which is due to be completed in winter 2022/23, and local residents have been informed about the works due to take place.

The county council is committed to tackling climate change and creating a Greener Gloucestershire and investing in cycling and walking infrastructure will help us work towards these goals. Increased walking and cycling will improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions from transport, as well as improving the health and wellbeing of our residents.

For more information on the B4063 walking and cycling route and any planned road or footpath closures during the works please see www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/B4063, where you can also sign up to regular scheme bulletin updates.

Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “I’m delighted that work on this new walking and cycling route is progressing well. We are committed to providing high quality options for sustainable travel and this will provide a safe route for active travel between Gloucester and Cheltenham.

“It is a key part of our planned cycle spine through the county and will encourage people to enjoy the benefits of walking and cycling, while helping us to tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions.”

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