Published on 7th July 2016

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Work is progressing to improve traffic flows in the town as phase 1 of Cheltenham’s Transport Plan comes to an end.

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.

When Albion Street reopens by Friday 8th July, drivers are urged to be alert and take care as they get used to the new arrangements.

During this period of adjustment, there may continue to be some delay to traffic in the area.

Cars will be able to travel as before along the whole length of Albion Street from Boots to St Johns Avenue.

In addition, the road will now be two-way from St Johns Avenue to Gloucester Place and buses, taxis and cycles only will be able to continue west from Gloucester Place as far as Pittville Street.  There are no immediate changes to bus routes so passengers can continue to expect their bus services to run as usual.

Gloucester Place will now be one-way northbound.

The new arrangements mean that drivers will be able to get to the car parks from both ends of Albion Street.

Work will continue in the coming weeks to complete the pavement widening at the rear of the anticipated John Lewis store, along with the completion of the LED street lighting which is being installed along the street.

Cllr Steve Jordan, leader at Cheltenham Borough Council said, ‘’I’d like to thank residents and visitors for their patience whilst this work has been underway and I look forward to the roads re-opening in full.’’

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council said, “It’s exciting to see this part of the scheme nearing completion. I urge drivers to take extra care in the area while they get used to the new road layout.”

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 775037,

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