Works starts soon to make Cheltenham's Albion Street two-way
Part of Albion Street will soon be made two-way as phase one of Cheltenham's Transport Plan begins.
Now that race week is over work will start to make Albion Street, which is currently part of the town centre one-way system, change to two-way on 11th April.
The first phase being carried out by the county council on behalf of the borough council, is expected to last for one to two weeks.
The initial work will increase access to the Beechwood car park by changing the road layout to accept two-way traffic. This will allow contractors unrestricted access into the Beechwood shopping centre for the John Lewis development.
After the site is prepared and secured with a two-way entrance and exit, and widened footpaths, further planned changes will then take place in the area.
Albion Street will be made two-way between the junctions with St John's Avenue and Gloucester Place and this is expected to last 12 to 15 weeks.
Gloucester Place will become one-way northbound and zebra crossings will be installed at the Albion Street junction with Winchcombe Street and the Albion Street junction with Pittville Street.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said: "The county council is carrying out the road works for the borough council's Cheltenham Transport Plan. A phased approach to the plan will allow motorists to adjust to the changes being made and settle into new travel patterns, as well as further studies to see what impact the changes are having for local people.
"Thank you in advance to every one for their patience whilst the works take place."
Jeremy Williamson, Cheltenham Development Taskforce managing director said, "I'm pleased that after all the discussion, work can now start on a scheme that is so important for Cheltenham. We've asked the county council to monitor progress and report back to us so that any issues that arise during the work can be addressed."
The borough council, through the Cheltenham Development Task Force, has been developing a framework for the regeneration of Cheltenham town centre over a number of years.
This work is part of the wider plans, which has already had a public consultation, and is a requirement for John Lewis to open a new store because it gives access to more than 900 car park spaces off Albion Street from both directions.
The new plan includes carrying out an in depth study of the traffic in Cheltenham once the changes to the inner-ring road are made. This would then help to inform whether or not further change is needed at Royal Well or Boots Corner.
The transport plan is working towards a target end date of 2017.
More information on the Cheltenham Transport Plan can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/cheltenhamtp.