Safety scheme trial for Bath Road
Next week a well used route in Cheltenham town centre will have a temporary new layout for three weeks.
The aim of the scheme is to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the road by increasing crossing points and preventing lane changes. Air quality should also be improved in this area, as currently the required limits are being exceeded.
Starting on Monday 19th January, the stretch of Bath Road from the junction with High Street to just after its junction with Bath Parade will change to one lane from the two currently in place. The changes will be made possible using temporary barriers which will be removed at the end of the trial.
Loading bays, a push button controlled pedestrian crossing and two uncontrolled pedestrian crossing points will be included in the trial. The current traffic lights at the Vernon Place junction will be switched off to stop the potential for traffic to queue at this point.
Traffic monitoring will take place both before and during the trial to see how well it has worked for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.
The current Cheltenham Transport Plan proposals include similar changes at this location, and extensive traffic modelling has been carried out to predict what will happen if the alterations are made as part of the overall plan. However, the council also wants to see what happens when the safety scheme is in place on its own.
Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, “This trial is important as we need to know if it will improve the safety of this stretch of road.”
“Our modelling tells us what is likely to happen here if the Cheltenham Transport Plan goes ahead, but if not, we need understand how well the Bath Road changes will work as a standalone scheme.”
For more information including a plan please visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/bathrdtrial or call 08000 514 514.