Keeping Cheltenham safe and moving during race week

Published on 9th March 2017

Horse racing in Cheltenham

Race week takes place 14 to 17 March 2017 and measures are in place so that it runs smoothly

Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire County Council and other agencies will be working in partnership again this year to keep Cheltenham safe, moving and clean as over an extra 50,000 people per day descend on the town for the Cheltenham Festival.

To make sure that traffic flows smoothly in and around Cheltenham during the 2017 racing festival, the borough council will be working closely with the county council’s highways. They want to ensure that traffic going to and from the festival is managed as efficiently as possible, and that any travel disruption is kept to a minimum.

Traffic orders will be in place on Evesham Road, Tommy Taylors lane, Kayte Lane, New Barn Lane, Southam Lane, Cleevelands Avenue, Cleevelands Drive, Paddocks Lane, Albert Road, Voxwell Lane and Hillcourt Road. There will also be a number of one-way systems in place on sections of London Road, Old Bath Road and Evesham Road to help keep the traffic flowing. For full details about the traffic changes, visit the Cheltenham Racecourse website.

Licensing and police officers will be out every night during the week to carry out premises and licensed vehicle inspections to ensure they are not breaching conditions.

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety said:  ‘’We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time throughout the festival. Cheltenham welcomes an incredible amount of visitors to the town during race week so it remains a top priority for us to work closely with our partners to make sure everything goes smoothly.

‘’This year the council has even more powers to clamp down on littering, ticket touting and consumption of alcohol so our enforcement officers will be out all hours of the day and night to monitor activity and visit venues.’’

For the first time, anybody who will be distributing  free promotional material – including flyers, newspapers, stickers, scarfs, hats -  during the course of the festival week must apply for a permit to do so. 

Also for the first time, the council in partnership with the police will be cracking down on ticket touts offering for sale race tickets on public land. 

The council will also be stepping up checks with street trading, public consumption of alcohol, licensed venues and taxi activity.

The council’s environmental services provider, Ubico, has the job of keeping the streets clean throughout the week. 

There will be additional signage around the town centre to help direct people to taxis, buses and toilet facilities; and additional toilets (portaloos) will also be available.

To encourage shoppers into the town, the council is offering free parking in many of its car parks during afternoons from Monday 13 to Friday 17 March inclusive.

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