Cheltenham road layout changes on schedule
Published on 2nd June 2016
Work is on schedule to improve traffic flows in Cheltenham as phase 1 of Cheltenham Transport Plan progresses
The work is being carried out by Gloucestershire County Council as part of the borough council’s plan.
The roadworks are on schedule and progressing well to deliver phase one of the plan which focuses on Albion Street.
Temporary traffic lights have been put in at the junction between St John’s Avenue and Albion Street.
Although the temporary traffic lights are not as efficient as the permanent ones, they have been working well so far.
The traffic signals at the Albion Street junction with Winchcombe Street will be taken away this week.
While the zebra crossing is being installed at this junction, a temporary crossing with lights will be put in to help people to cross the road safety. It is likely that this will stay in place during the rest of the work.
New LED street lighting will start to be installed from 6th June which will improve the quality of lighting and offer long term financial and environmental benefits.
Albion Street will be partially closed between North Street and Portland Street from 27th June for one week and a diversion route put in place. The street will be closed along its length for up to a week from Monday 4th July for resurfacing although if conditions are good and work goes well, the road may be reopened earlier. During this closure, car parks and homes will remain accessible and a contractor will be on site to guide traffic.
Cllr Steve Jordan, leader at Cheltenham Borough Council said, “I’m pleased that the work is progressing well and on target for completion in early July.”
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council said, “The borough council’s transport plan is aiming to improve how traffic flows around Cheltenham.
“Our roadworks are on schedule and progressing well and I’d like to thank everyone in the area for their patience while we get the work done. We’re doing all we can to keep disruption to a minimum.”
Cheltenham Borough Council has a vision that will improve the town centre environment, boost the local economy and focus on better traffic management.
The Cheltenham Transport Plan (CTP) is due to be completed in 2017 and is split into phases to limit disruption.
It aims to remove the restrictions that the existing one-way system creates and at the same time promotes sustainable options such as cycling, walking and public transport. This particular phase (phase 1) has the added bonus of meeting the requirements for the former Beechwood shopping centre to be converted into a John Lewis store.
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.
More information is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/cheltenhamtp
Enquiries on the development and aims of the Cheltenham Transport Plan should be made to Katie Sandey, Cheltenham Borough Council, 01242 775037, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enquiries on the highways works being carried out for the Cheltenham Transport Plan should be made to Sarah Black, Gloucestershire County Council, 01452 426887, email@example.com