To support the Honeybourne Line Missing Link project being delivered and fully funded by Great Western Railway (GWR).
Decision Maker: Cabinet Member Climate Emergency
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To support the Honeybourne Line Missing Link project being delivered and fully funded by Great Western Railway (GWR), with CBC bearing the ongoing negligible maintenance costs. These costs will be negligible due to economies of scale with contractors already in place to cleanse the existing line.
Reasons for the decision:
This project is a long standing aspiration for the council and the cycle community which will help connect key transport nodes, link communities, facilitate more walking and cycling and contribute to our climate agenda. The delivery of this project is zero cost to the council as it is fully funded and delivered by Great Western Rail (GWR) and Network Rail (NR), with a contribution from Gloucestershire County Council. CBC will only bear the ongoing maintenance costs but this will be negligible due to economies of scale; i.e. The Open Spaces Team/Ubico are already maintaining the vast majority of the Honeybourne Line, so this will just be an extension.
Alternative options considered:
Options appraisal, review and consultation has been led by GWR with all parties, taking on board all engagement responses.
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Design review and consultation has been led by GWR with all parties, taking on board all engagement responses. Further engagement needed as we progress through next stages.
Consultation led by GWR:
· Gloucestershire County Council
· Network Rail
· GFirst LEP
· Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Cycle Campaign
· Dean Close School
· CBC Internal – Property, Finance, Green Space, Townscape, Climate, OneLegal, Planning
Contact: Jackie Jobes, Townscape Manager 01242 264389 Email: Jackie.Jobes@cheltenham.gov.uk.
Publication date: 13/08/2021
Date of decision: 29/07/2021