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Major changes for traffic system in Cheltenham

The next stage of the Cheltenham Transport Plan (CTP) aimed at improving the town's road layout will start in early 2018.

The hope is to improve the town centre environment, boost the local economy and better manage traffic as part of the borough council's vision for the town.

Work on the CTP started in April 2016, and is being delivered in phases to help monitor any benefits or additional effects of the scheme.

So far changes have been made to Albion Street and Imperial Square, with work due to start on Phase 3 in Royal Well Road 15 January 2018.

This will include three new islands, to guide vehicles into moving through the junction correctly and use new lane designations, and there will be new road markings and signage showing the changes.

These changes will make the best use of the existing road and prepare this stretch of road for a trial closure of Boots Corner (pictured) later in the year.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood at Gloucestershire County Council said: "This is an ambitious scheme to help improve Cheltenham town centre and we are supporting Cheltenham Borough Council's vision.

"This phase of work won't take as long as the others and we expect the work to be completed in two or three weeks.

"I'd like to thank road users, local residents and businesses in advance for their patience during this work, we will of course make every effort to minimise the inconvenience."

Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety at Cheltenham Borough Council said: "This is the next stage in implementing the Cheltenham Transport Plan, which is improving the environment of Cheltenham town centre.

Following on from the successful implementation of both phases one and two, I am confident that this latest stage will be equally successful."

The works are being carried out by Amey, GCC's highways contractor.

More information can be found at: www.cheltenham.gov.uk/transport-plan and www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/cheltenhamtp

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