Work to improve traffic flows in Cheltenham moves forward

Published on 13th May 2016

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Cheltenham Borough Council has a vision that will improve the town centre environment, boost the local economy and manage traffic better.

The Cheltenham Transport Plan (CTP) is due to be completed in 2017 and is split into phases to limit disruption.

The borough and county councils will work together to produce and circulate regular updates on planned works to highlight any potential disruption and give advance notice of road closures.

The borough council is working with Gloucestershire County Council to make the changes to the road layout. Work is already underway to deliver phase one of the plan which focuses on Albion Street and the Promenade.

The work is on schedule and progressing well.

Changes have already been completed at the entrance to the Beechwood car park (which will soon become John Lewis) and work has started on other junctions along the street.

The layby at the car park entrance will be kept until later in the work so that the contractor has somewhere safe to store vehicles and equipment.

On Monday 16 May the junction signals at St John’s Avenue will be taken away. New signals will then be installed over the next few weeks.

During this time temporary traffic lights will be used to keep traffic flowing, but they are not as efficient as the permanent lights so delays are possible. Drivers are asked to consider alternative routes and allow extra time for journeys.

Also from Monday 16 May, the High Street will be closed at its junction with Rodney Road between 8am and 8pm each day. This is so that electricity cables can be safely diverted for the redevelopment of Beechwood Shopping Centre. The High Street is expected to re-open on Thursday 2 June.

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Steve Jordan, leader at Cheltenham Borough Council said: ‘’Work in and around Albion Street is on schedule and has so far gone well with minimal disruption.

“This next set of work to St John’s Avenue is more complicated and may lead to some traffic delay. The work is a first step towards enhancing Cheltenham’s town centre, including access to the new John Lewis store. Our overall aim is to offer residents and visitors a great shopping experience, as well as offering a significant boost to tourism and the local economy.’’

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council said, “The borough council’s transport plan is bringing big changes for Cheltenham. It aims to greatly improve how traffic flows around the town.

“We’re doing all we can to keep disruption to a minimum while we get the work done, but please remember to allow extra time for your journeys. I'd like to thank local people for their patience – it will all be worth it in the end.”

More information is available on Gloucestershire County Council's website.

Enquiries on the development and aims of the Cheltenham Transport Plan should be made to Laura Carter, Cheltenham Borough Council, 01242 264154,

Enquiries on the highways works being carried out for the Cheltenham Transport Plan should be made to Sarah Black, Gloucestershire County Council, 01452 426887,