Demolition of Cheltenham fire station under way

A fire engine in Cheltenham
Image caption A temporary station at Kingsditch Lane will house all the fire engines from Cheltenham for a year

Work has begun to demolish the existing Cheltenham fire station as part of the £40m project to improve the fire and rescue service in Gloucestershire.

A temporary station at Kingsditch Lane will house Cheltenham's fire engines for a year while the Keynsham Road station is redeveloped.

Four new community fire stations and a life skills centre will be built.

Chief fire officer Jon Hall said: "We will be able to get to more of those that need our help even faster."

Demolition work has begun on a redundant county council building on Shepherd Road, Tuffley, to make way for the new Gloucester Fire Station and a life skills centre.

A new station is also being constructed at Cheltenham Road East, Churchdown; while work will begin on the new station at Uckington, near Cheltenham, in May.

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