Cheltenham Spa Station redevelopment awarded £3.3m

A £19m scheme to add two new platforms at Cheltenham Spa Station has been awarded £3.3m by the Gloucestershire Local Transport Board.

The project is one of four shortlisted by the board for funding from £9.8m of Department for Transport money.

Other bids include upgrading and adding bus lanes - at a cost of £6m - to the A40 through Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Councillor Vernon Smith said the bids had been prioritised based on their "whole effect on the county."

The four transport schemes were shortlisted from 14 for funding and will be submitted to the Department for Transport on 31 July.

In the case of the station redevelopment, the £3.3m will be used to pay for "design and preparatory works", according to the scheme's development taskforce - which now has to find the rest of the money.

"They've all been prioritised - they're all fantastic schemes," said Mr Smith.

"The biggest problem is we only have £9.8m."

The final list of approved schemes could get the go ahead from 2015.

The local transport board is a partnership between Gloucestershire Enterprise Partnership, Leadership Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire County Council.

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