Early sta­tis­tics dis­missed by high­ways of­fi­cer

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

EARLY sta­tis­tics that sug­gested the trial clo­sure of Boots Cor­ner is work­ing are “not worth look­ing at”, a coun­cil high­ways of­fi­cer has said.

Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil told res­i­dents it saw “record num­bers” of cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans travel through the high street through route once the pi­lot traf­fic scheme be­gan on June 28.

But a Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil of­fi­cer in charge of lead­ing the traf­fic project said in a coun­cil meet­ing that these sets of data don’t mat­ter.

The ad­mis­sion sug­gests the 84 per cent rise in pedes­trian foot­fall and 206 per cent rise in bi­cy­cle us­age recorded in the first full week of clo­sure isn’t sig­nif­i­cant.

Speak­ing to the bor­ough coun­cil’s overview and scru­tiny com­mit­tee Scott Tompkins, lead com­mis­sioner for Glouces­ter­shire High­ways, said the trial clo­sure wasn’t well com­mu­ni­cated at the be­gin­ning and so bol­lards, cones and bold sig­nage was placed on the ap­proach. Mr Tompkins said that the lack of pub­lic knowl­edge of the clo­sure and the blis­ter­ing heat the sum­mer brought meant the fig­ures weren’t “worth look­ing at”.

He added the key data is be­ing mon­i­tored from Septem­ber to De­cem­ber.

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