Boots Corner Nearly £1.3million is raised from fining motorists
NEARLY £1.3million has been pocketed from motorists driving through Cheltenham’s closed through-route Boots Corner.
Gloucestershire County Council have been monitoring the section of Clarence Street with cameras since August last year.
The town centre route shut to general through traffic on June 28, 2018 as a trial, before fines for breaches came in on August 13.
According to a Freedom of Information request, £1.299m went straight to the county council from drivers caught out by the cameras over the seven month period up to March 31.
And the authority said 47,976 fines had been issued to drivers in the seven months after they were brought in.
The trial has seen general traffic banned from using the route as part of Cheltenham Borough Council-led scheme to make the town centre through-route more pedestrian friendly.
Only exempt vehicles, such as buses and taxis, can pass through.
The county council has confirmed all the money gained through Boots Cor
ner fines will only be spent in the town.
Phillip Williams, lead commissioner at the county council, said: “The county council has committed to using any surplus money from the bus lane in Clarence Street to improve Cheltenham’s roads and pavements for pedestrians and cyclists, once costs to implement and support the scheme have been taken into account.”
The decision was due to be made by the county council in February 2019 to either modify the scheme up until December or scrap it altogether.
The authority, along with Cheltenham Borough Council, decided that the trial will be extended to December 2019.
The next move in the traffic scheme will see Rodney Road have calming measures introduced.
It is not yet confirmed what these might be, but they can be in the form of bollards, road narrowing methods or road humps.
Two-way traffic is to be introduced in part of the area near Boots Corner, where traders have complained about a lack of access to their businesses.
A revised concept, which the borough council says will soon be illustrated in a visual plan, will see the start of the trial area moved to a point in Clarence Street between Post Office Lane and Imperial Circus.
This change will mean Clarence Parade and the western end of Clarence Street will be opened to all vehicles with two-way traffic flow.
The Pittville Street to North Street corridor will be covered by a 24-hour prohibition of driving order, with exemptions for buses, taxis and private hire vehicles with service access between 6pm and 10am.
Included in the changes will be additional blue badge parking bays in Winchcombe Street, immediately north of the High Street, and a no-waiting at any time restriction put on Post Office Lane.
The area around Boots Corner