The Cheltenham Transport Plan is a key part of our vision for Cheltenham, which includes supporting the ongoing social and economic regeneration of the town, promoting good design, to put people before traffic, and to promote accessibility by improving pedestrian and cycling linkages.
Find out how the transport plan came about and how it contributes to our vision for Cheltenham
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Find out where town centre disabled parking bays are and other ways to get around, such as the Shopmobility service
Information about walking, cycling and public transport
What's been delivered so far?
Whilst consultation demonstrated that respondents generally supported the idea of improvements to public spaces and the traffic changes needed to deliver them there was a clear nervousness about how changes would work in practice. It was therefore important to deliver the changes in clear phases within a context of implement, monitor and adjust.
The Cheltenham Transport Plan is being delivered in four phases. To date the following has been delivered:
Phase one - Albion Street
The return of two way traffic at Albion Street, improvements to pedestrian crossings and freedom of movement for cyclists.
- Reduced vehicle speeds on Albion Street
- Better cycle connections to the town centre
- Additional pedestrian crossings
- Direct eastern access for buses to Pittville Street
- Direct eastern access to Town Centre East car park
- Direct eastern access into John Lewis car park (once open)
For techincal details and junction alterations for phase one, please visit Gloucestershire County Council's website.
Phase two - Imperial Square
Reintroduction of two way traffic to give better access to Regent Arcade and Rodney road car parks, changes in traffic signalling, removal of parking bays and relocation of disabled parking bays. Part of this phase (Bath Road safety scheme) was put on hold to ensure that the long-term solution takes into account any changes in the way traffic flows around the town following the assessment of all phases of the Cheltenham Transport Plan.
- New pedestrian crossings
- Improved cycle links
- New paved footpaths
- Direct southern access to Regent Arcade car park (avoiding the need to drive through Boots Corner)
- Reduced traffic furniture on the Prom
For technical details and junction alterations for phase two, please visit Gloucestershire County Council's website.
Phase three - Royal Well
This phase was adjusted as further analysis indicated that that changes to Clarence Street and Clarence Parade were unlikely to be successful without the closure of Boots Corner. The focus of this phase was as a result limited to focus on the re-configuration of Royal well Road.
- Additional pedestrian crossings
- Reduced vehicle speeds on Royal Well
For techincal details and junction alterations for phase three, please visit Gloucestershire County Council's website.
Phase four - Boots Corner
What we found through public consultation and ongoing engagement is that Boots Corner is perceived by many as the heart of the town. Being currently dominated by traffic does not allow people to take priority within this space. Our ambition is that we realise putting people and spaces first by:
- reconnecting the High Street and humanising Boots Corner so that it becomes a space for people rather than simply a functional space we move through
- creating an inclusive environment that focusses on public transport access, walking and cycling
- creating good quality public realm that enables people to increase their everyday physical activity
- improving air quality
Phase four is the trial closure with access allowed only by permitted vehicles, other vehicles, generally considered to be through traffic will need to find alternative routes. Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders creating new bus lanes/prohibition of driving will be put in place on sections of the following roads; Clarence Parade, Clarence Street, North Street, Pittville Street, High Street, Promenade/Colonnade and Imperial Circus, together with Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders for revised waiting restrictions.
Phase four has purposefully been designed as a trial. There are no features or interventions being implemented that cannot be reversed. Ensuring that streets and spaces function for people means that we have to influence travel behaviour, this doesn't happen overnight and it will take time. We know this is concerning some residents, in particular those who will be impacted by the re-routing of journeys. Evidence shows that many of the current journeys are short and best practice nationally demonstrates that by intervening through transport measures, some of these journeys can be turned off or moved to the mode of walking or cycling. Monitoring is therefore a key part of phase four, but we need to allow time for traffic to adapt to the changes, to understand drivers' behaviours and re-routing patterns and the way in which people move into the space created by the interventions.
Key dates for phase four
- 4 June – Information signs announcing closure at key point around Cheltenham
- 28 June – trial closure comes into effect
- July to November – monitoring of the trial, feedback welcomed from residents and visitors
- December 2018/January 2019 – review of the trial and recommendation on whether it should continue
- December 2019 – latest date on which the trial can end (and be made permanent, changed or abandoned)
For technical details of road closures and junction alterations for phase four, please visit Gloucestershire County Council's website.