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