Cheltenham traffic light switch-off plan is postponed

Plans to switch off a set of traffic lights in Cheltenham, to reduce congestion, have been postponed because of fears over pedestrian safety.

Gloucestershire County Council had planned a two-week pilot scheme to turn off the lights in St Margaret's Road, during peak hours, from Monday.

A spokesman said the council was "not confident that enough work has been done to ensure pedestrian safety".

The trial will now take place in May or June when the days are longer.

Lawrence Elcocks, from the county council, said: "Our top priority has to be pedestrian safety and we're not prepared to take risks that could endanger people unnecessarily."

The pilot scheme was agreed following complaints about congestion, nearby roads being used as "rat runs", "impatient" people not waiting for the green light on the pedestrian crossing and queuing traffic causing poor air quality.

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