Published on 9th November 2012

Close-up of a green traffic light

A trial to switch off traffic signals at junctions to St Margaret's Road in Cheltenham will begin on Monday 12 November.

The trial, which is being managed by Cheltenham Development Taskforce, Gloucestershire County Council and Cheltenham Borough Council, will last for three weeks and aims to assess junction efficiency.

It was due to be carried out last month, but was postponed while Severn Trent Water carried out emergency sewer works in Bath Road.

Monson Avenue and the Dunalley Street junctions will be affected by the switch-off. While the trial takes place, temporary islands and additional signage will be introduced to ensure road users are aware of the new road layout.

Managing director for Cheltenham Development Taskforce, Jeremy Williamson, says: "While the postponement was disappointing, Gloucestershire Highways made the right decision in light of the disruption caused by the Bath Road works."

Gloucestershire County Council local highways manager, Chris Riley, said: "As this scheme is an experiment it is important it's undertaken under as normal conditions as possible. With the trial starting on Monday, it should allow for the experiment to conclude before the major run-up to Christmas."

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Issued by: Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425226, [email protected]

Cheltenham Borough Council contact: Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 775050, email [email protected]