How could the roads change?
The proposed Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) would restrict the numbers and types of vehicles that may pass through the Clarence Street and High Street junction ("Boots Corner"). In order to further accommodate this restriction it is necessary to change how traffic uses other parts of the town centre network. These works would involve physical changes to a number of junctions and other TROs such as opening up existing one-way streets to two-way traffic or introducing improved cycle access in currently restricted streets.
No physical changes are proposed to Boots Corner under the Cheltenham Transport Plan scheme other than possible environmental improvements such as the removal of guard railing and redundant signs.
Further details on the junctions and other locations that will change are shown on the plans below (some junctions reviewed will no longer be subject to physical change so are not included in this list below):
Albion Street would become two way to open up car access from St Johns Avenue to the car parks at Town Centre East and Beechwood Arcade. West of Beechwood Arcade buses, taxis and other permitted vehicles will be able to continue westbound in a new bus lane. Eastbound access for all vehicles will be maintained along the whole length of Albion Street. The changes to the roads to allow this to happen are shown on the following plans:
- Albion Street all zones map
- Albion Street by St Johns Avenue
- Albion Street by Sherborne Place/ Grosvenor Terrace
- Albion Street by Gloucester Place
- Albion Street by Winchcombe Street
- Albion Street by Portland Street
Sections of St Georges Place and Clarence Street would become two way to provide a way for vehicles to avoid the restriction at Boots Corner and maintain access to adjacent streets.
Imperial Square North and Oriel Road would become two way between Promenade and Bath Road creating better access to the Regents Arcade car park.
Bath Road would remain one way southbound from the High Street to Oriel Road. To improve road safety traffic will travel in one lane rather than two. Improvements at the junctions of Bath Street and Oriel Road will help to keep traffic moving safely.