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Water filled barriers to protect walkers and cyclists trialled to ensure social distancing

Road layouts in part of Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Bourton on the Water are being changed to make it easier to social distance.

Gloucestershire County Council says the four trials - which are still being developed - will improve walking and cycling routes and follows a Government call to look at potential new schemes.

Within the next week Bath Road in Cheltenham will see a “pop-up” scheme using water filled barriers to allow safe social distancing to take place near shopping areas.

Gloucester will follow other places in England by giving on street parking road space to pedestrians. Disabled parking bays, loading bays, taxi ranks and bus stops will be unaffected.

Tewkesbury High Street will also convert some on street parking spaces to give pedestrians and queuing shoppers more space to stay apart and stay safe. Barriers and signs will be put up next week. 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.”

“These improvements will encourage cycling and walking around the county, reducing car journeys and cutting congestion. The county council recognises that reducing the numbers of cars on the road is an important part of work to reduce carbon emissions and tackle the effects of climate change.”

All changes as part of this scheme will need to meet the following criteria:

·         Support strong social distancing

·         Promote sustainable transport and travel

·         Improve air quality

·         Assist in economic recovery

·         Are necessary and practical

 

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