Cheltenham Transport Plan TROs
A local authority is empowered under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 (RTRA 1984) to implement restrictions relating to the passage along, or the use of, public highways for a number of specific reasons. For information of what TROs are and how they are implemented see:
Traffic Regulation Orders
When considering the objectives of the Cheltenham Transport Plan (CTP), limiting vehicular access within the town centre through the use of various TROs will enable the creation of a more attractive walking and cycling environment in the heart of the town.
Around 16,000 pedestrians per day cross the Clarence Street and High Street junction ("Boots Corner"). This road, currently used by 13,000 vehicles per weekday, creates significant severance in the heart of the retail environment. It is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the County and the high traffic volumes affect the quality of the public realm and restrict the economic potential of the town.
The impact of each of the proposed TROs on legally protected groups has been assessed and the details of this are contained in the Due Regard Statement.
These proposals are being promoted under the provisions of the RTRA 1984 which allows the Council to take measures under Section 1 and Section 23 for the following reasons:
1(1)(a) Avoiding danger to persons or other traffic using the road or any other road or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising;
1(1)(c) Facilitating the passage on the road or any other road of any class of traffic (including pedestrians);
1(1)(e) Preserving the character of the road in a case where it is specially suitable for use by persons on horseback or on foot;
1(1)(f) Preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the road runs;
1(1)(g) Improving/maintaining air quality specified in paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsection (1) of section 87 of the Environment Act 1995.
23(1) A local traffic authority may establish crossings for pedestrians on roads for which they are the traffic authority, and may alter or remove any such crossings."
The CTP proposals will help to improve bus reliability, remove most of the traffic from the town centre and create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.