Council supports car park improvements at Cheltenham Railway Station
Gloucestershire County Council will be introducing experimental changes to parking rules on three roads near the station from 3 September to support Great Western Rail improvement scheme.
The parking restrictions on parts of Queens Road, Eldorado Road and Christ Church Road will be altered so rail commuters have an appropriate place to park when part of the station long stay car park is closed for construction. This will come in to effect on 3 September.
Around 100 parking bays will be available to non-residents on a voucher system. Permit holders for Zone 14 will still be able to use the bays for any time period, however they will now be shared. Non-residents will be able to park for up to 12 hours using a free voucher.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for parking, said “We support the redevelopment of Cheltenham Railway station as parking has been an ongoing issue in the area. The changes to nearby parking restrictions are a trial as we need to get the balance right between accommodating both commuters and residents.
“We will always encourage people to consider other methods of transport, however long stay commuters still need appropriate spaces when the long stay car park is closed. The roads chosen for this trial are wide enough for vehicles to park safely, but please consider a bicycle or a bus if possible.”
GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said: “Developing Cheltenham station car park has always been a partnership and we are delighted that Gloucestershire County Council are able to provide additional support for users as the first stage of the work gets underway. This work continues with the safe removal of some trees, which we will look to replace in other areas of the car park. This Autumn we plan to remove the bund, with construction of the car park and improved forecourt starting the week after the Cheltenham races, and finishing May/June.”
Currently, parking around the station is limited to 4 hours for non-permit holders.
The parking restrictions on parts of Queens Road, Eldorado Road and Christ Church Road will be altered as follows:
8am Monday to 8pm Friday (24 hours) for permit holders (zone14); or voucher parking (max stay 12 hours, no return within 10 hours)
The Arle Court Park & Ride stops at Lansdown Bridge, which is a short walk from the station. Stagecoach’s D/E bus provides a 10 minute service from the Racecourse park & ride and town centre. The Honeybourne offers a traffic free route from the town centre and Pittville Park and there are also bike racks on the platform for cyclists.
Why is this an experiment?
Amending the parking restrictions in specific bays through an “Experimental Traffic Regulation Order” (ETRO) means officers can monitor how this change works in reality. They can receive feedback and decide whether to continue the change, abandon the change or seek a different solution. An Experimental TRO can run for a maximum of 18 months.
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How to get a voucher:
Free vouchers will be activated by registering with MiPermit on the mobile app or call 0345 505 1155 and quoting the six digit number on the new signs. Here is a map and an example of a new sign: