To make the ‘gate streets’ in Gloucester city centre safer for pedestrians automatic and semi automatic bollards are being installed this spring.
As a result of ongoing concerns that have been raised about the safety of pedestrians in Gloucester city centre, automatic bollards will be installed on the gate streets.
The new automatic bollards will operate seven days a week between 10am and 5pm and will stop any vehicles accessing the ‘gate streets’. When the bollards are not in operation, the roads will be open for delivery access and emergency vehicles only.
A separate project will see the installation of a semi-automatic bollard system between Clarence Street and Bruton Way which will support the night-time closure of Eastgate Street.
This closure operates between 10.30pm to 5am on a Friday and Saturday night and provides a safe and traffic free environment for the pedestrians enjoying the city’s night time economy.
The safety bollards should be installed during April and May 2014 and the work will take approximately four weeks to complete.
Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “As people will know we’ve tried a variety of safety schemes in Gloucester city centre. We’ve been working closely with local businesses and Gloucester Police, who have been consulted on the bollards, to find the best possible solution to people’s safety concerns.
“By introducing bollards, pedestrians will be able to use the whole width of the streets more safely during night times.”
Councillor Pam Tracey (C, Hempsted and Westgate) said: “I’m happy for these changes to happen on the gates streets for the safety of pedestrians and local traders.”