Changes to Cheltenham’s road layout progressing well

Published on 20th June 2016

traffic on Cheltenham's inner ringroad

Work to improve traffic flows in Cheltenham is on schedule as Phase 1 of Cheltenham Transport Plan continues.

The work, which is being carried out by Gloucestershire County Council as part of the borough council’s plan, is happening in phases to limit disruption.

This week (week commencing 20th June) will see the end of work on the junction of Albion Street with St John’s Avenue and on Winchcombe Street.

Work will then begin on widening the pavement at the rear of the highly anticipated John Lewis store.
New LED streetlights are currently being installed to improve the quality of lighting. The new lights bring savings as they will use 70% less energy and will cost less money to maintain.

Albion Street will be closed between North Street and Portland Street from 27th June for one week. During this time changes will be made to make this part of the road two-way with buses only westbound. The diversion during this closure will be via North Street and back down Portland Street.

The whole road from Albion Street to St John’s Avenue will be closed for two days from 4th July for resurfacing. During this time, access will be maintained to car parks and homes.

A diversion will be in place during road closures, but to avoid delays, drivers are advised to choose an alternative route or allow extra time for their journeys.

Cllr Steve Jordan, leader of Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “I’m pleased that the work is progressing well and that it’s on target for completion.”

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council said, “I’m very pleased that work is on schedule in Cheltenham and I’d like to thank local people for their continued patience while we make these important changes to the road layout.”

“The new LED streetlights are part of the county council’s technology upgrade right across Gloucestershire, which began in November 2015.”

The Cheltenham Transport Plan is due to be completed in 2017.

More information is available online at

Enquiries on the development and aims of the Cheltenham Transport Plan should be made to Katie Sandey, 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,

Attached plans:

All zones shows the all changes being made to Albion Street

Zone one shows the junction with St Johns Avenue

Zone two shows the crossing at Sherbourne Place

Zone three shows the rear entrance to the future John Lewis store

Zone four shows the junction with Winchcombe Street

Zone five shows North Street to Portland Street