Res­i­dents warned over cars as resur­fac­ing work ready to start

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

» RES­I­DENTS are be­ing warned their cars could be towed away when part of Gloucester Road in Chel­tenham is resur­faced.

Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil says it needs the road to be clear when the work is car­ried out overnight from July 25 to Au­gust 13.

High­ways crews will be re­pair­ing the stretch be­tween Vine­yards Lane and the junction with the High Street.

Tesco’s su­per­store is off Gloucester Road and Waitrose’s shop is close to it.

For the safety of the road work­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic, the road will be closed from the Queens Road mini-round­about. Ac­cess up to Vine­yards Lane will be per­mit­ted for res­i­dents only, as and when it is safe to do so.

Thou­sands of ve­hi­cles use Gloucester Road dur­ing the day. To limit dis­rup­tion, the work will be done overnight, from 7pm to 7am for about 14 nights (ex­clud­ing week­ends). Crews will be us­ing 2,210 tonnes of ma­te­rial to resur­face 8,443 sqm of high­way.

Park­ing zones 12 and 14 will be af­fected by the clo­sure. Res­i­dents will need to find al­ter­na­tive park­ing as road­side and foot­path park­ing bays will be sus­pended each day be­tween 5pm and 8am dur­ing the pe­riod.

The coun­cil said ve­hi­cles may be towed if they are parked within the clo­sure area and that this in­cludes cars parked on the pave­ment or road­side park­ing bays. It said it had guid­ance of where to park on its web­site.

Coun­cil­lor Ver­non Smith (C, Tewkes­bury East), the coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for high­ways, said: “This is the first of a few schemes in the pro­gramme de­signed to im­prove Chel­tenham’s key roads. We hope this in­vest­ment will help make jour­neys around the town cen­tre a bit smoother for both driv­ers and cy­clists.”

Coun­cil­lor Chris Cole­man (LD, St Mark’s and St Peter’s) said: “I am pleased Gloucester Road is re­ceiv­ing the at­ten­tion it des­per­ately needs.”

Coun­cil bosses warned that com­muters would need to leave plenty of time for their jour­neys, es­pe­cially if they were catch­ing a train as bus ser­vices would be af­fected.

Other roads sched­uled to be resur­faced in Chel­tenham this sum­mer in­clude the A4013 Princess El­iz­a­beth Way at Corona­tion Square, a sec­tion of the A46 in Bath Road and a sec­tion of the A46 in Berke­ley Street.

From the mini round­about by the rail­way sta­tion, re­main on the B4633 Gloucester Road and travel in the di­rec­tion of the A40 Gloucester Road.

At the junction with the A40, turn right and con­tinue to­wards Chel­tenham un­til you reach the Princess El­iz­a­beth Way round­about.

Then take the sec­ond exit and con­tinue along the A4013 Princess El­iz­a­beth Way all the way to the Kings­ditch round­about. At the round­about take the third exit onto the A4019 Tewkes­bury Road and fol­low the road to the point of the clo­sure.

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