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M5 Junction 9 and A46 (Ashchurch) Transport Scheme and Mass Rapid Transit Transport scheme

Meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet (Item 6)

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Decision:

Cllr David Gray sought Cabinet approval for the Executive Director of Economy, Environment and Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning to procure the continuation of development work (Strategic Outline Business Case (SOC) and Outline Business Case (OBC)) on the M5 Junction 9 and A46 (Ashchurch) Transport Scheme under our Professional Services contract, or other approved procurement route.

He sought approval to undertake a non-statutory public consultation, when appropriate, concerning options for transport scheme development, and to submit the SOC and OBC to the Department for Transport once complete.

 

In addition approval was sought for the Executive Director for Economy, Environment and Infrastructure to continue work towards delivering the Mass Rapid Transit SOC and OBC.

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Economy, Environment and Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning to:

1. Procure the professional services required to secure continuation of development work (SOC and OBC delivery) on the M5 junction 9 and A46 (Ashchurch) Transport Scheme, either by commissioning work under the Council’s Professional Services contract, or by awarding a call-off contract or contracts under an alternative, compliant framework, or a combination of both.

2. Identify scheme options for the M5 Junction 9 and A46 (Ashchurch) Transport Scheme, undertake a non-statutory public consultation concerning options, when appropriate, and to consider the outcome of that consultation when identifying the preferred option which will be taken forward within the OBC.

 

3. Approve and submit the M5 Junction 9 and A46 (Ashchurch) Transport Scheme SOC and OBC to the Department for Transport (DfT) once complete.

4. Procure the professional services required to secure continuation of development work (SOC and OBC delivery) on the Mass Rapid Transit Transport Scheme, either by commissioning work under the Council’s Professional Services contract, or by awarding a call-off contract or contracts under an alternative, compliant framework, or a combination of both.

Minutes:

6.1     Cllr David Gray sought Cabinet approval for the Executive Director of Economy, Environment and Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning to procure the continuation of development work (Strategic Outline Business Case (SOC) and Outline Business Case (OBC)) on the M5 Junction 9 and A46 (Ashchurch) Transport Scheme under our Professional Services contract, or other approved procurement route.

6.2     He sought approval to undertake a non-statutory public consultation, when appropriate, concerning options for transport scheme development, and to submit the SOC and OBC to the Department for Transport once complete. In addition approval was sought for the Executive Director for Economy, Environment and Infrastructure to continue work towards delivering the Mass Rapid Transit SOC and OBC.

 

6.3     The M5 Junction 9 and A46 Transport Scheme was a proposal to upgrade the M5 Junction 9 near Tewkesbury and re-route the section of the A46 which currently passes through Ashchurch to the east of the M5 (between M5 Junction 9 and Teddington Hands roundabout).

 

6.4     Cllr Gray outlined that infrastructure was needed to facilitate housing and economic development and that this needed to be carried out in a sustainable way to help people lead healthier lives.  The A46 provided a strategic link between the Southwest and the Midlands, via Gloucestershire. However, the section of the A46 through Ashchurch was currently acting as a key constraint on the route, with drivers experiencing significant delays. This caused congestion, air pollution and substantial negative impacts on the economy - both locally and regionally. A key aim of the Scheme was to help solve long-standing traffic issues at that key location on the A46 corridor, which would help local people to access their homes and businesses.

 

6.5     The scheme was being developed with a view to supporting the delivery of future sustainable mixed-use development which would enable at least 10,000 homes to be delivered along with 120 hectares of employment land at Ashchurch by 2041 and beyond.

 

6.6   The Mass Rapid Transit Scheme sought to support and enable economic growth by providing capacity for the increasing travel demand across the Central Severn Vale (CSV) and wider Gloucestershire and would also form a key aspect of supporting the decarbonisation of the transport network.

 

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Economy, Environment and Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning to:

1. Procure the professional services required to secure continuation of development work (SOC and OBC delivery) on the M5 junction 9 and A46 (Ashchurch) Transport Scheme, either by commissioning work under the Council’s Professional Services contract, or by awarding a call-off contract or contracts under an alternative, compliant framework, or a combination of both.

2. Identify scheme options for the M5 Junction 9 and A46 (Ashchurch) Transport Scheme, undertake a non-statutory public consultation concerning options, when appropriate, and to consider the outcome of that consultation when identifying the preferred option which will be taken  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6