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GCHQ transport changes will ease headache for drivers

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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SECURITY chiefs have insisted new transport schemes around GCHQ will help ease congestion and make the centre more environmentally-friendly.

Steps to improve traffic flow at Arle Court Roundabout, cycle network modifications and a new bus link between GCHQ's Benhall site and Charlton Kings would ease rush hour misery for drivers, bosses at the listening post hoped.

The changes will be paid for through a £375,000 Government fund, topped up by section 106 obligations, agreed when planning consent was granted for surrounding developments.

No new parking spaces are planned in an attempt to encourage the 5,000 GCHQ staff to use public transport instead of their cars. A GCHQ spokesperson said an excess from the project fund could be used towards improving Benhall residents parking.

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"These latest initiatives will not only help employees and visitors to travel to our Benhall site in a more environmentally-friendly way, but will also help reduce the pressures on those living nearby, something we are always keen to do," he added. Bus provider Stagecoach hopes to improve the frequency of its A and 94 service.

A new Stagecoach service to Charlton Kings begins on January 28 with cycle network improvements at the Coronation Square junction of Marsland Road and Princess Elizabeth Way due to be in place by the end of the year.

Deputy leader of the county council, Paul McLain, said the plans are a great example of how the council is working to improve transport options.

"It's a late Christmas present for the town, bringing together an exciting package of changes," he said. "These initiatives should have real benefits for Benhall, Cheltenham and for GCHQ employees.

"I'm particularly pleased to get the bus link extended from my own patch, Charlton Kings, via the train station to GCHQ."


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  • tishwash  |  January 19 2013, 11:48AM

    @dearyme brilliant response, perhaps if the residents are that unhappy they could also talk to the council and lobby them to allow hq to build more parking, it's the council that set the limits on the number of spaces per sq foot of business premises.

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  • dearyme  |  January 19 2013, 12:07AM

    If you had the choice of driving to work in your own car or taking public transport, what would you choose? If you berate those workers driving to their place of work and you own and drive a car yourself then you are a hypocrite. If you can travel daily to and from your place of work via public transport and not feel that you are spending too much precious time and money doing so, then you are definately in the minority. Not only do those staff have to put up with not being able to park at their place of work and are therefore forced to park on the streets, they are daily lambasted in the press for being public servants who have supposedly 'gold plated' pensions and are paid too much. How many of you know people who work there? Are they honestly overpaid for what they are doing? Are they happy at the situation? Are you going to turn around to your relative, neighbour, friend, etc. who works there and say to their face "I think you are paid too much and have an unfair pension scheme, oh and by the way you aren't allowed to drive to work"? Or a more general question. If you want decent capable people, whose jobs are funded out of public taxes, to do the best job that they can and provide value for money, how do you expect them to do that if you constantly undermine them, make their lives more difficult and take away any financial incentives for them to do their jobs? The very best people, the ones you really want and need doing that job, will say STFU and leave. And I don't blame them one bit.

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  • tishwash  |  January 18 2013, 5:06PM

    @dibblebibble yes I presumed due to the utter rubbish you were spreading, how could you think that improving green commuting and not increasing car parking will cause more cars to be on local roads? Explain the logic to me ?

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  • dibblebibble  |  January 18 2013, 2:21PM

    @tishwash - Ah see another loser on here who automatically thinks that because someone is on here at 3:39pm, they are obviously not at work, therefore, (probably in your tiny head), must be a dole hopper? Is that what you think? Hmmmm? What time were you at work yesterday morning? 8am? 9am maybe? Me? I was at work at 4:40AM...probably when you were still in your flea pit snoring away dreaming of how you can rid the World of dole hoppers, no doubt. Never assume that just because someone is on here during the day, that they're automatically not working. :rolleyes:

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  • darrellglos  |  January 17 2013, 11:49PM

    Why dont the Goverment Build at their expense a Multi Story Car park at GCHQ for people to park their cars.

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  • tishwash  |  January 17 2013, 11:05PM

    why would there be more ? It's not more staff being hired ? The number of parking spaces are dictated by local councils, so why not lobby the council to enable places like GCHQ to build more parking spaces ? Rather than just moaning ? Something productive has been done to try and help but some people at 3:39pm clearly dont have anything better to do. Also 'resident areas' no it's not ? I know people that park outside my flat day in day out, I DO NOT own the road outside my flat and I'm working during the day so it doesn't effect me, perhaps the people moaning should get jobs to keep them busy ?

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  • dibblebibble  |  January 17 2013, 3:39PM

    "No new parking spaces are planned in an attempt to encourage the 5,000 GCHQ staff to use public transport instead of their cars" So there will be yet more cars parking around and about in local resident areas!