Council trials socially distanced transport measures
By Rob Freeman | 27th May 2020
Water-filled barriers and the removal of on-street parking spaces are among measures being trialled at four locations across Gloucestershire to help people remain socially distanced.
Gloucestershire County Council is introducing the measures to make it easier for people to remain two metres apart on walking and cycling routes as coronavirus restrictions are removed.
The four sites in London Road, Gloucester, Bath Road, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury High Street and Bourton-on-the-Water have been chosen to allow the council to look at different types of schemes which could be rolled out around the county.
Bath Road has seen a pop-up scheme using water-filled barriers introduced to allow social distancing near shopping areas.
Gloucestershire will follow other places in England by giving on street parking road space to pedestrians with disabled parking bays, loading bays, taxi ranks and bus stops unaffected.
Tewkesbury High Street will also convert on street parking spaces to give pedestrians and queuing shoppers more space to stay apart.
All residents and businesses who will be affected have received letters with more information.
Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said" "I'm pleased to announce these changes so quickly and I hope they will help keep residents safe from the virus by allowing them to socially distance.
"These sites are only the beginning of what we have planned, drawing in the passion and expertise from across the organisation and our partners to take this forward in a meaningful way."
The measures are designed to encourage cycling and walking, reducing car journeys and cutting congestion.
All changes will need to support strong social distancing, promote sustainable transport and travel improve air quality, assist in economic recovery and be necessary and practical.
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