Hopes for end to one-way confusion in Cheltenham
PLANS to scrap parts of Cheltenham's controversial one- way system are under consideration.
A raft of new transport measures will be brought into Cheltenham as part of the North Place and Portland Street redevelopment.
Highways bosses will go ahead with the part-pedestrianisation of Boots' corner after the Government approved a £5 million grant.
And ahead of this major change, a number of one-way streets could be opened up to two-way traffic.
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One of the roads where drivers could see changes is Albion Street. Traffic could become two-way so people can access the Beechwood Shopping Centre and Grosvenor Terrace car parks.
Since the idea was mooted, suggestions have been made for a number of other roads to be made two-way. This could include opening up Imperial Square, by the Town Hall, to vehicles from both directions.
And there have been calls to do the same along Oriel Road so Regent Arcade traffic would not have to negotiate the one-way system.
Cheltenham Borough Councillor Helena McCloskey (Lib Dem, Charlton Kings) briefed Charlton Kings parish council about the changes.
She said: "Albion Street could become two-way again so people can get to the car parks more easily.
"People are going to have to find new routes around the town with Boots' corner closed, but my understanding is buses and taxis will still be able to use it. They intend to make Albion Street two-way so people can either drive up to Beechwood or Grosvenor Terrace."
The work will be carried out by Gloucestershire Highways, but public consultation will be led by the Cheltenham Development Taskforce.
Regent Arcade manager John Forward said he was pleased the task force had made huge strides on difficult issues for the town.
He added: "We understand there are some key changes proposed, with existing one-way restrictions being lifted at certain junctions.
"We have always seen these as detrimental to the accessibility of the town for locals, shoppers and tourists alike."
Gloucestershire County Council's principle planner, Amanda Lawson-Smith, said: "There will be a number of road and traffic management proposals, and changes, as part of the Boots Corner scheme, and we will be looking at Albion Street along with all other roads in the town centre.
"Cheltenham Borough Council will be consulting on all the proposals later this year."