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Boots Corner traffic regulations to change... AGAIN

Further changes are being implemented as part of the 'Boots Corner' transport plan as the trial enters its final six months.

Cheltenham Borough Council have announced a list of further alterations to be made, including the installation of a 24-hour 'bus gate' to stop cars.

Since its introduction last summer, the council have reportedly made in excess of £1mllion in fines from drivers using the now restricted thoroughfare.

Now, they have made adjustments to the scheme in response to feedback and data gathered since the scheme began.

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The changes will go live next month and come after feedback from blue badge users and from businesses on Clarence Parade and Clarence Street.

Revised Traffic Regulation Orders will run for six months from Monday, June 3.

These include:

• The installation of a 24-hour bus gate on Clarence Street between its junctions with Post Office Lane and Imperial Cricus. Ensuring buses, taxis and cycles only use the route.

• A new Prohibition of Driving arrangement from Pitville Street, High Street, Pronenade, Imperial Cricus and North Street.

• The removal of the experimental Prohibition of Driving on Clarence Street from Cheltenham House car park to Post Office lane and on Clarence Parade.

• The introduction of two-way traffic on Clarence Street, from the Clarence Street junction to St George's Parade, and on Crescent Place.

• Adding 'Blue Badge Holders Only' parking on Winchcombe Street.

• Altering signs and road markings to reflect the changes.

A map showing the changes to be made in the fourth phase of the 'Boots Corner' scheme

The work is part of the council's strategy to improve the town centre and they will soon release a 3D fly through animation to showcase possible improvements to the area.

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety said: "I welcome these changes being implemented by colleagues at GCC as a positive response on the trial to date.

"We are grateful for the patience of the local traders and trust these change respond to the concerns they have raised."

For more information including revised maps showing the amendments visit www,

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