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New Cycling and Walking social distancing schemes in be trialed in Gloucestershire

May 28, 2020 3:07 PM
By Tewkesbury Liberal Democrats

The County Council has just announced a new scheme (funded by Government) that will be introduced in the next few weeks to make social distancing easier and safer outside.

Tewkesbury High Street (Bob Embleton / Tewkesbury High Street / CC BY-SA 2.0)The 4 test sites will be on London Road in Gloucester, on Bath Road in Cheltenham, on the Tewkesbury High Street and in Bourton on the Water.

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.

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

More information will be available on the Gloucestershire County Council website