Early statistics dismissed by highways officer
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.