Grant given for traffic impacts and air quality research in Cheltenham

Published on 27th March 2018

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Cheltenham secures £50k funding for traffic impact and air quality research.

On Friday 23 March, DEFRA* issued an Air Quality Direction to councils including Cheltenham who were predicted to breach nitrogen dioxide limits at one or more locations to guide them in taking action to address these exceedances. In Cheltenham, a section of the A40 near GCHQ and the junction to Princess Elizabeth Way is the location projected to fail the NO2 limit in 2018.

Mike Redman, director of environment said “We are pleased the government recognises the challenges facing Cheltenham and other towns and cities in relation to air quality.  The grant offer of £50k for a targeted feasibility study will inform a list of possible measures to help mitigate air pollution in the area, which have the potential to exceed the national NO2 limit. We are hopeful that any implemented measures and initiatives will also benefit air quality in the wider Cheltenham area.”

The Council will continue to work with DEFRA, partners and communities to reduce transport and domestic pollution sources with the aim of improving air quality in Cheltenham in general.

Mike Redman, continued: “This grant from central government is a real boost to the work that the council is already doing to improve air quality in Cheltenham. The extra money will allow us to analyse and evaluate the affect of our current initiatives, and to identify any positive changes to help ensure that air quality is optimised. At the Benhall roundabout the council has already successfully bid for £22million of Department of Transport funding to improve the road network and mitigate existing and future traffic impacts around GCHQ and the proposed new cyber park.”

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Notes to editor

*DEFRA – Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs