Cheltenham Transport Plan

On this page you will find more information about the Cheltenham Transport Plan.

The Cheltenham Transport Plan (CTP) is a long held Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) policy to improve the quality of life in the town and increases its economic prosperity. The CTP was first considered by the local Civic society in 2000. The key objectives are to transform the town centre environment and provide improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and people using public transport whilst also making it easier for drivers to access car parks. Three public consultations between 2006 and 2008 showed that about two-thirds of respondents supported the CTP objectives and ideas.

The delivery of the CTP has given approval by GCC cabinet in phased process in July 2015. A phased delivery of the CTP allows monitoring of both the benefits and any additional effects. These can then be addressed and, if required adjusted, before the next phase is implemented. The broad timescales for implementation of the CTP are:

  • Phase 1: Albion Street - starting April 2016
  • Phase 2: Imperial Square - Early 2017
  • Phase 3: Royal Well - Summer 2017
  • Phase 4: Contingent on the successful implementation of the other schemes, a Boot's Corner experimental order and trial scheme - Summer 2017

The phased plan includes carrying out a study of the traffic in Cheltenham once each phase is constructed. This will then help to inform whether or not amendments are required prior to the construction of the next phase.

Phase 2 – Imperial Square

The highways work began in the first week of January 2017 and is being carried out by the county council on behalf of the borough council.

Changes will be made on the northern side of Imperial Square outside the town hall and the section from Rodney Road to The Promenade including the junctions at each end.

Currently one-way the road layout will be changed to two-way to give better access to the Regent Arcade car park from the Gloucester side of town.

At the Promenade junction, the right-hand northbound lane on the Promenade will be amended to become a right-turn lane into Imperial Square (north).

At the Rodney Road junction the traffic signals will be removed and the junction will become a priority control give-way junction. All existing pedestrian crossing points have been maintained with the crossing over Oriel Road becoming a stand-alone puffin crossing, and the current signalised pedestrian crossings over Rodney Road becoming  Zebra crossings.

The existing parking bays along Imperial Square will be removed. The disabled parking bay will be relocated to the eastern side of Imperial Square.

No trees will be taken down during the work.

The changes are expected to be in place before Gold Cup week at the racecourse.

Part of the phase two work has been put on hold. Originally the plan had proposed to include a safety scheme for the Bath Road, reducing it from two lanes to one southbound between High Street and Oriel Road, restoring two-way traffic to Oriel Road between the Bath Road and Rodney Road junctions, and altering the layout of the Bath Road junction with Oriel Road.

The reason for putting the safety scheme section on hold is because it is vital that the best long-term solution for Bath Road can be designed which takes into account any changes in the way traffic flows around the town.

Visual illustrations of the Phase 2 work are available to download on the right hand side of this web page.

The phased plan includes carrying out a study of the traffic in Cheltenham once each phase is constructed. This will then help to inform whether or not amendments are required prior to the construction of the next phase.

Further Information

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You can also visit Cheltenham Borough Council's website for more information about the Cheltenham Transport Plan

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If you cannot find what you are looking for it could be on the Cheltenham Transport Plan Consultation (CLOSED) page.

If you have any further questions about the changes to the road network please contact

If you have any questions about the overall background of the scheme please e-mail Cheltenham Borough Council or calling CBC Swichboard on 01242 26 26 26

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