Parking restrictions on parts of Queens Road, Eldorado Road and Christ Church Road will be altered from 3 September.
The County Council say they are acting to provide rail commuters with a place to park when part of the station long stay car park is closed for improvement works at the rail station.
The County Council have announced that they will be making around 100 parking bays available to non-residents who will share the bays with existing Permit holders for Zone 14 with non-residents able to park for up to 12 hours using a free voucher.
A residents’ parking permit for zone Z14 currently costs £50 a year with visitor vouchers costing £10 for 10 vouchers upto a maximum of 50 visitor vouchers per year with a few exceptions.
But why are the County Council not promoting travel by bus or cycling to the station instead?
It appears that the County Council are putting no extra money into other alternatives that could reduce the inevitable congestion and frustration, even anger, that will be caused by the inevitable scramble for the limited places being made available.
The improvements at Cheltenham rail station could have provided an oportunity for the County Council to work imaginatively with local bus providers to encourage more use of the park and ride service nearby or the local buses that currently serve the rail station.
In addition the Honeybourne way offers a traffic free route from the town centre and Pittville Park for pedestrians and cyclists with bike racks on the platform for cyclists.
Sadly, it seems the Conservative-led County Council continue to believe in 4 wheels good, 2 wheels or legs bad when it comes to dealing with local traffic management issues.
The full announcement from the County Council can be found here
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