Cheltenham Spa

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Cheltenham
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County
Gloucestershire
Forward Destination on
M5, A40, A4019, (A46)
Next Primary Destinations
Evesham • Gloucester • Oxford • Worcester
Other Nearby Primary Destinations
Cirencester
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Cheltenham Spa (usually signed simply Cheltenham) is a spa town in Gloucestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds. It is famous for its Ladies College and its annual Racemeeting. It also boasts fine examples of Regency architecture.

1960s proposals for a ring road
In the 1960s plans were made for a ring road, or Primary Distributor Road as official documents call it, around the town centre. This would have handled all through traffic not visiting the town centre. An outer bypass was deemed to be ineffective as the vast majority of traffic was travelling within the town rather than passing through it and a traffic management scheme using existing streets was also ruled out as lacking capacity. The only thing that would provide adequate capacity is a purpose built dual carriageway with two level junctions. The road as planned would have to cut through existing built areas including the loss of some Regency era buildings and it came as no surprise that this would attract a large number of objections. The plans went to a public local inquiry. The outcome of the inquiry is unclear other than recommendations were made to alter the plans before they could receive approval.

In the end the road was never built and the ring road we've ended up with is cobbled together out of existing roads, something which was rejected in the 1960s!

Routes

Route To Notes

M5

The MIDLANDS, Tewkesbury, Worcester Accessed via A4019

M5

The SOUTH WEST Accessed via A40

A40

(M5), Gloucester

A40

Oxford

A46

Evesham Accessed via A435

A46

Stroud

A435

Cirencester

B4063

Gloucester

B4070

Stroud

B4075

Lynworth

B4632

Broadway

B4634

Staverton



Cheltenham Spa
SectionsA40/Cheltenham - Ross • A40/Witney - Cheltenham
JunctionsArle Court Roundabout • Benhall Roundabout • Coxs Meadow • Golden Valley Junction • Piffs Elm Interchange
RoadsA40 • A4013 • A4015 • A4019 • A4105 (Cheltenham) • A435 • A46 • B4063 • B4070 • B4075 • B4076 (Cheltenham) • B4632 • B4633 • B4634 • E116 (Old System) • Longest Lane • M5
MiscellaneousA40/History • A40/Route
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