Un­der­ground? We’re not sure what we’ll find

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -


GLOUCESTERSHIRE County Coun­cil has ad­mit­ted that it does not know ‘ev­ery­thing that is un­der the ground by the A40 - and that this might af­fect a big new plan to cut traf­fic jams com­ing into Chel­tenham.

The coun­cil said £22mil­lion of money would be used to in­crease some lanes on the Arle Court and Ben­hall round­abouts on the A40, as well as en­try into Chel­tenham from the south­bound car­riage­way of the M5 at junc­tion 11.

But it seems there are ques­tions about whether a se­cret tun­nel or other in­fra­struc­ture for GCHQ’S site at Ben­hall could com­pli­cate the road project. County coun­cil­lor Lynden Stowe (C, Cam­p­den-vale), was asked about the mat­ter on BBC Ra­dio Gloucestershire’s break­fast show.

Pre­sen­ter Mark Cum­mings said: “What hap­pens if there is a tun­nel from GCHQ or cer­tain wires you might cut when they’re eavesdropping what Putin’s talk­ing to Trump about?

“Mr Stowe said: “There may be. When we get out on to site, when we start do­ing the sur­veys, who knows what we will find?

“We hope we find some­thing that is man­age­able and then we can get on with the projects.”

GCHQ de­clined to com­ment.

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