Road changes Two-way traf­fic will be in­tro­duced near Boots Cor­ner

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Leigh BOOBYER [email protected]­

TWO-WAY traf­fic is set to be in­stalled near Chel­tenham’s closed town cen­tre throughrou­te Boots Cor­ner from June 3 in a road net­work shake-up.

And a re­vised con­cept 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 addi

tional 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 changes are part of rec­om­men­da­tions made to Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil, which man­ages the county’s roads, on the pi­lot clo­sure of Boots Cor­ner.

The road, in Clarence Street but known lo­cally as Boots Cor­ner, was closed to unau­tho­rised ve­hi­cles from June 28 last year for a trial pe­riod.

Ear­lier this year, both the county coun­cil and Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil de­cided to ex­tend the pi­lot un­til De­cem­ber 2020 with the changes.

The trial scheme is 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.

A pe­ti­tion for the Boots Cor­ner area to be re­opened, with 5,200 sig­na­tures on it, was sub­mit­ted to the bor­ough coun­cil in Jan­uary.

But de­spite the con­tro­versy over the scheme, the coun­cil said it had been good in terms of in­creas­ing the use of pub­lic trans­port.

The traf­fic scheme will be shaken up again

The bal­loon which will take part in The Chel­tenham Bal­loon Fi­esta is in­flated at St James’ Pri­mary School in The Park. Pupils also en­joyed a talk on the bal­loon Pic­tures: Mark Watkins

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