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2015 Rugby World Cup will leave 'lasting legacy' of sustainable transport in Gloucestershire, Shire Hall hopes

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

Gloucester will be a host city at the 2015 Rugby World Cup with Kingsholm used for for group games

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Transport bosses will use the 2015 Rugby World Cup to create a “lasting legacy” of sustainable travel in Gloucestershire.

The county council was awarded almost £1 million by the Department for Transport earlier this year after successfully bidding for funding.

A large slice of the money will be used to promote Gloucestershire’s key rail and bus stations during the World Cup which will see Gloucester used as a host city.

Gloucester, Cheltenham and Lydney have all been highlighted as vital hubs which will play a major role in making sure people get where they need to go during the massive sporting event.

There will be massive amounts of promotional work carried out in the run up to the tournament to encourage people to travel sustainably.

And it is hoped this will help secure Gloucester and Gloucestershire’s status as a location where major events can be hosted regularly.

There will also be improvement works carried out to Gloucestershire’s “gateway” transport hubs like Cheltenham Spa Railway Station.

Councillor Vernon Smith (C, Tewkesbury East), cabinet member for highways, said: “Promoting sustainable travel is a vitally important project for us so we were delighted to receive the recent funding from the DfT.

“Through our ‘Thinktravel 2015 and Beyond’ project we are aiming to boost economic growth, reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality and public health by encouraging more people to cycle or walk.

“We will use next year’s Rugby World Cup as a catalyst to showcase the many benefits of sustainable travel.

“The eyes of the world will be on Gloucester as a host city and we want to use this fantastic opportunity to create a lasting legacy by promoting the values of sustainable travel to people living and working in the county, as well as visitors.”

The money awarded to the county by the Department for Transport is ring fenced and can only be spent on sustainability projects.

As well as the Rugby World Cup schemes, the county council will also use the cash to work with local employers to make Gloucestershire a more attractive place to work.

That means getting more people out of their cars and onto their bikes or walking.

Work will also be done to make it easy as possible for people to get to work without the need for a car.

That will mean a number of new schemes like bike hire and bike vouchers.

The county council was awarded £920,000 by the Department for Transport.

A local contribution from councils and other organisations means the total pot of cash is worth just shy of £1.5 million.

Shire Hall was previously awarded £4.9 million by the Department for Transport in 2012 to pay for sustainable travel projects for three years.

The latest funding will allow the authority to continue its work until 2016 and beyond.

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  • TuffRaider56  |  August 25 2014, 12:13AM

    A troll is a troll and "IsitJimKerr" aka "CastleGrim" aka "P_I_Staker", who has also posted his dull nonsense under the BANNED identities of saddy-boy/laurie-dryver/NOTArugbylover/gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone, is a clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll who has no idea where Kingsholm is because he doesn't even support Gloucester Rugby, He has no idea about rugby union either as he loves watching wendyball.

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  • CamCampbell14  |  August 21 2014, 10:08PM

    Laughing at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll "IsitJimKerr" aka "CastleGrim" aka "P_I_Staker" pretending that he knows anything about rugby or that he is remotely interested in Gloucester Rugby. He is getting so upset because his "partner" has sprung a leak and Halfords isn't open so that he can get a puncture repair kit. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  • Dave_Baldwin1  |  August 21 2014, 9:50PM

    The multi-ID troll, IsitJimKerr/CastleGrim/P_I_Staker, is a sad lonely gullible old man. His pretence to being a Gloucester Rugby supporter is absolutely hilarious. He has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the Gloucester Rugby players are. Sad... very sad indeed! #Harden owned the number 3 shirt last season without a doubt.

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  • Steve_Bronko1  |  August 19 2014, 10:36PM

    Oh which troll shall CastleGrim be today? Is it "IsitJimKerr" or " Walker100g" or maybe he's NOTArugbylover or peh45. Whichever one he decides he is, he will invariably be absolutely clueless. #Harden owned the number 3 shirt last season. He had no real competition for it.

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  • ostroskygreg1  |  August 17 2014, 7:38PM

    I love the way, week after week last season, that Rupҽrt Hardҽn planted a great big dollop of egg on the face of the multi-ID troll IsitJimKerr/P_I_Staker/CastleGrim/Walker100/Walker100a/Walker100b/Walker100c (whichever one he thinks he is today). The troll wouldn't know a decent tight-head if he was slapped around the head by one, though he would enjoy the experience immensely.

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  • seanbulling4  |  August 17 2014, 7:33PM

    The BANNED multi-troll Walker100a/b/c/d/e/f/g/ and so on, now calling himself IsitJimKerr, etc. is upset because he has been found out using another of his Gloucester Rugby hating troll identities. Now he is on his big-baby anti-Rupҽrt Hardҽn mega-rant just because Harden proved him so wrong time after time over the last two seasons with his brilliant displays of tight head rugby.

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  • walker1185  |  August 17 2014, 7:27PM

    What a complete and utter sado "IsitJimKerr" is. He is a total loser and the most pathetic person ever. No wonder he has been BANNED under his numerous previous troll identities. He knows absolutely zilch about rugby union. #Harden proved time and time again for Gloucester Rugby, what a class act he is and why the scrum became less of a force without him.

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  • jimBatchelor4  |  August 15 2014, 9:00PM

    Who cares what the Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn multi-troll and RENT-A-QUOTE "IsitJimKerr" aka "P_I_Staker" thinks?! He isn't a Gloucester Rugby supporter and he is the most clueless person ever when it comes to rugby union.

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  • ostroskygreg1  |  August 15 2014, 7:39PM

    Let's face it, the so-called "IsitJimKerr" aka "P_I_Staker" is just the same clueless old Gloucester Rugby hating multi-identity troll who has never been to any Gloucester Rugby game at Kingsholm, let alone any away and he has no idea about front row play or anything else about rugby union. He is totally CLUELESS!. # Rupҽrt Hardҽn - Gloucester Rugby's stand-out tight head over the last few seasons.

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  • Telwez461  |  August 15 2014, 7:29PM

    It's hilarious the way the RENT-A-QUOTE and Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll switches from his "Wallker100" series of identities to his new "IsitJimKerr" identity expecting everyone to take him seriously. Rupҽrt Hardҽn - Gloucester Rugby's stand-out tight head from the last 2 seasons.

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