Don't abandon Cheltenham traffic lights switch-off plan - borough councillor warns
DEMANDS are being made for Shire Hall not to abandon a scheme to switch off traffic lights on a busy Cheltenham road.
Gloucestershire Highways officials decided against introducing the scheme permanently in St Margaret's Road after a three-week trial in December. But now Cheltenham borough councillors could ask them to reconsider.
The lights were covered up by Gloucestershire Highways as part of an experiment to alleviate the stop-start effect created by the many sets of traffic signals along the route.
Motorists said the experiment was a success and went some way to improving traffic flow along the stretch.
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But the county council ruled against bringing in the scheme following concerns about pedestrian safety.
Borough councillors are determined not to let the matter drop and are forwarding a motion calling on the county authority to reconsider their stance and find a permanent solution to the traffic woes.
Councillor Andrew Lansley (LD, St Paul's) has proposed the motion, which will go before full council next week.
He said: "We have had an overwhelming amount of feedback from residents that the trial scheme was a success and did make a difference to improving traffic flow.
"With that in mind we just don't want to close the book on this idea.
"I accept there were one or two problems which were raised, but you wouldn't expect such a scheme to be introduced without one or two hiccups.
"The benefits of the scheme outweighed any negatives.
"I'd like there to be an investigation into the problems raised by pedestrians and cyclists as well as what might be done to resolve them." The motion will be considered by Cheltenham Borough Council on Monday at 2.30pm.