The third phase of the Cheltenham Transport Plan (CTP) has finished, the traffic monitoring for the potential trial closure of Boots Corner is starting soon.
As part of Cheltenham Borough Council’s vision for a better town centre, the CTP involves making changes to the road layout around it. The countdown has now started for the fourth phase of the plan, the trial closure of Boots Corner, which is set to start in June this year. As the local highways authority, Gloucestershire County Council has been delivering the vision on behalf of the borough council, and has so far seen changes made to Albion Street, Imperial Square and Royal Well Road.
The third phase in Royal Well Road has now finished and the road is ready for any future trial closure of Boots Corner. Monitoring of phase three is scheduled to start in the next few weeks. If everything goes as planned the trial closure of Boots Corner will start under an experimental ‘traffic regulation order’ (TRO) in the summer this year. Work on the CTP started in April 2016 with the aim of encouraging healthier lifestyles as people make fewer car journeys in favour of walking, cycling and using public transport, as well as reducing traffic through the centre of Cheltenham to revitalise the High Street.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member responsible for highways at Gloucestershire County Council said: “We’re well on schedule with the Cheltenham Transport Plan, which is great news. By continuing our preparations for the trial closure of Boots Corner alongside the phase three monitoring, we’re saving time and ensuring we meet the planned start in June.” Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety at Cheltenham Borough Council said: “This is the next stage in implementing the Cheltenham Transport Plan, which is improving the environment of Cheltenham town centre. Following on from the successful implementation of phases one, two and three. I am confident that this final stage will be equally successful.”