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