Enablers for Growth


Blackfriars & Quayside

The Blackfriars and Quayside project is creating the opportunity for a sustainable and viable development of the key 2.53 hectare city centre site by eliminating the known and unknown risks which has previously prevented its regeneration. Developments supported by the LEP by de-risking of the sites will make a significant contribution to the ongoing improvements to the city centre, and employment opportunities.  The funding will, by removing these risks, encourage innovative and beneficial regeneration of the area by developers and investors.

The consideration and elimination of risks by the Gloucestershire Growth Deal support will encourage developers to invest in the location, where the Local Development Order envisages regeneration will be primarily based on housing development and student accommodation.

Growth Deal funding: £4.13 million

Progress: On 7th February 2017, planning approval was given for 295 bedroom student residences. Demolition is complete on the old Magistrates court. The Local Development Order is due for a planning decision in March. The project is on track for completion in May 2018.


Gloucester Transport Hub

Gloucester Central Transport Hub will provide a new state of the art bus station which will integrate various modes of transport including bus, rail, walking and cycling in a city centre location. The aim of the scheme is to increase the attractiveness of using alternatives to car travel promoting a multi-modal interchange whilst achieving wider economic benefits through the regeneration of the Kings Quarter area.

Growth Deal Funding: £6.4 million

Progress: A challenging project due to its location in relation to the local road network and underground services (cables, drains and sewers). On track to open summer 2018.


Gloucestershire Airport

Funding for Gloucestershire Airport enabled a new road to be built, a development which will bring further investment into the county, bring skilled jobs to the region and attract expanding and relocating businesses to Gloucestershire, all to an airport that is currently home to over 180 aircrafts and 30 companies employing more than 500 people.

Growth Deal Funding: £550,000

Progress: The road opened in September 2016.


Transport Projects

Metz Way to Abbeymead Avenue

The £500k scheme funded by GFirst LEP and Gloucestershire County Council is designed to improve travel along the corridor for all users, reducing congestion and improving access for cyclists and pedestrians.

Progress: Work will start on site late summer 2017 and should be complete by spring 2018. Timetabled to minimise disruption to bus services in conjunction with highway works on the Gloucester Transport Hub.

A40 Elmbridge Court Roundabout

The £9 million funding for improvements, that will increase capacity, cut congestion and improve journeys at peak times, include a new straight-on ‘hamburger lane’, a widening of the approach lanes and the latest traffic signal technology.

Progress: progressing on time and on budget. Due for completion in September 2017.

Cinderford Northern Quarter

Construction of the Cinderford Northern Quarter Spine Road with £3.8 million of GFirst LEP funding, is a vital part of the drive to regenerate the Cinderford Northern Quarter, as it will open up the site to deliver new jobs, businesses and investment to the town. The scheme will unlock more than £100 million in investment for Cinderford and the Forest of Dean.

Progress: New bridge structure over the engine brook is now complete. Despite significant challenges with ground/soil conditions on track for completion May/June 2017.

A40 Highnam Roundabout

The £2.2 million project will provide a free flowing link for traffic along the heavily congested A40 Roundabout, reducing journey times, improving reliability and improving connectivity and capacity of the strategic road network between the Forest of Dean and Gloucester.

Progress: Full approval now given for the scheme, currently in detail design stage, work to start on site early 2018 following completion of the Elmbridge scheme.

A38 Berkeley Bridges

The £1.99 million of Growth Deal funding, alongside £450,000 of investment from Gloucestershire County Council, will replace the whole bridge helping to maintain a flow of traffic in both directions and reduce congestion in the long term. The development will also support future additional housing and employment planned for the Berkeley area, including major redevelopment at Sharpness Docks.

Progress: After unavoidable delays due to access to the rail network the new bridge section was installed over the weekend of 17th – 20th February. The project is now scheduled for final completion and removal of the signal controls June 2018.