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Ashchurch Bridge over Rail (ABoR)

Meeting: 29/01/2020 - Cabinet (Item 10)

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To seek approval to provide Highway Consultancy Services for the delivery of the Ashchurch Bridge over Rail Project.

Decision:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, sought approval to enter into an agreement with Tewkesbury Borough Council for the County Council to provide Highway Consultancy Services for the delivery of the Ashchurch Bridge over Rail Project.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and,

           

RESOLVED that: -

 

Cabinet delegate authority to the Lead Commissioner, Highway Authority, (in consultation with Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning), to authorise Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), as Highways Authority, to enter into a Consultancy Services Agreement with Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) under which GCC shall provide Project Management, Design, Planning and Construction Supervision, in connection with the Ashchurch Bridge over Rail (ABoR Project) and the wider Garden Town Project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, sought approval to enter into an agreement with Tewkesbury Borough Council for the County Council to provide Highway Consultancy Services for the delivery of the Ashchurch Bridge over Rail Project.

 

Cllr Moor informed members that Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) had been awarded funding from Homes England through the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to build a bridge over the railway in Ashchurch. The aim of the bridge would be to unlock the Garden Town development opportunity to the north east of Tewkesbury. Cllr Moore stated that the Council would play an important role in assisting to facilitate the requirement for housing in the county. 

 

He explained that the decision would enable GCC, as Highways Authority, to provide technical expertise to TBC and facilitate the delivery of the ABoR Project. The project would be funded in its entirety by TBC, using a grant of £8m from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, received from Homes England. It was noted that TBC would be the “client” for the purposes of the project. Hence, TBC would itself procure construction works in respect of the project and contract directly with the successful tenderer thereunder. Both Atkins and GCC staff would provide guidance and supervision in relation to Project Management, Design, Planning and Construction Supervision.

 

Cllr Moor stated that the Council’s expertise as Highways Authority would be utilised to design and construct a fully compliant bridge and link roads to the relevant highway standards. It was anticipated that, as Highways Authority, the Council would adopt the highway and the highway structure when the bridge was opened to public for vehicle use. Regular risk assessments would be carried out, to be undertaken by a project team set up to support and monitor the project.

 

Cllr Moor explained that the design stage of the project would be completed by April 2020, following immediate negotiations with Network Rail. Noting the importance of the proposal to much needed investment in housing development for the county, Cabinet commended the decision. 

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and,

           

RESOLVED that: -

 

Cabinet delegate authority to the Lead Commissioner, Highway Authority, (in consultation with Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning), to authorise Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), as Highways Authority, to enter into a Consultancy Services Agreement with Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) under which GCC shall provide Project Management, Design, Planning and Construction Supervision, in connection with the Ashchurch Bridge over Rail (ABoR Project) and the wider Garden Town Project.