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Transport Board Funding Application

Funding Applications made

Stroud District Council (SDC) has submitted funding applications to the Gloucestershire Local Transport Board (GLTB) for Ocean Railway Bridge at Stonehouse and the Thames and Severn Way.

Local Transport Boards explained

From April 2015 The Department for Transport (DfT) is devolving funding for major transport schemes to newly established Local Transport Board. (LTBs).

The LTBs have started the process of making investment decisions.

The LTBs became responsible for prioritising major scheme funding, based on a set of eligibility and value for money criteria.

Gloucestershire LTB was formed to cover the County Council area in early 2013 – with the key members being the County Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and Leadership Gloucestershire.

Support sought from local organisations

GLTB deals with funding applications by a competitive process and has invited responses via its website.

In turn, SDC has invited town and parish councils, community groups, and key community figures to support the application. 

Below is an extract from SDC's request

This is a competitive process, so your organisation’s support is vital!

We believe that both applications not only have local benefits, but that each impacts on the restoration of the entire length of the Cotswold Canals.


 First photo of the current situation at Ocean Railway Bridge by David Jowett

Second picture is from an old postcard

Ocean Bridge
  • £1.5m towards a new bridge to remove the barrier to the canal at Ocean
  • Provides a significant element of matched funding towards a further Lottery bid for connecting through to Saul Junction
  • Removes a blockage

Thames and Severn Way

  • £650k towards Thames and Severn Way from Saul to Chalford
  • Provides a safe and accessible twelve mile route for cyclists and walkers
  • Complements existing HLF project
  • Contributes to the overall aim of creating a 36 mile link between the Rivers Severn and Thames

Responses to the GLTB need to be received by 7th June 2013.

How you can help

To be most effective, we need a mix of reasoned responses and reactions from a variety of interested groups and individuals. Such responses should demonstrate how the schemes will increase tourism, improve health, support economic development, etc. The benefits are arguably more wide ranging and diverse than more ‘traditional’ highway-based schemes.

Please email a copy of your response to

Click here to see the applications which are in pdf format. 

Responses should be sent to the address below.

Gloucestershire Local Transport Board
Shire Hall

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