A new scheme has been introduced by Gloucestershire County Council and The Night Safe Group to help keep pedestrians in Gloucester city centre safe.
A one-way system was being introduced in the city centre yesterday during the evenings of Fridays and Saturdays. Local businesses have welcomed the new scheme following a successful trial by the Night Safe Group in 2012.
Closures to all traffic have already been in place on Friday and Saturday nights on the section of Eastgate Street between Nettleton Road and Bruton Way between 10pm – 5am.
Following a successful trial closure of the length of Eastgate Street, from Clarence Street to Bruton Way, an experimental traffic order has been introduced closing it on Friday and Saturday evenings between 10:30pm – 5am to make it safer for pedestrians.
The full closure applies to all vehicles except emergency vehicles when necessary.
In order for the scheme to be successful the existing one-way system on Nettleton Road in Gloucester has been reversed.
Local businesses and residents in the surrounding area of Nettleton Road have been consulted on the change to the one-way system.
Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “We wanted to ensure that this ‘keep safe’ scheme would be a success as we know how popular Nettleton Road is for road users, specifically when wanting to access Eastgate Street.
“This is why we trialled the closure last year and spoke to local businesses before introducing the six month experimental scheme.
“By closing the whole of Eastgate Street on Friday and Saturday evenings, pedestrians will be able to use the whole of the highway much more safely. The scheme has been endorsed by local businesses and I truly believe it will be a success.”
The new scheme has been introduced by Gloucestershire County Council and The Night Safe Group, which includes Gloucestershire Police, Gloucester City Council, and a variety of local businesses and taxi companies.