Gloucester road closed at weekends to protect clubbers

A city centre street in Gloucester is to be closed every Friday and Saturday night to keep clubbers safe.

Traffic will not be able to drive along Eastgate Street between 22:00 and 05:00 from this weekend onwards.

Removable bollards will be used at the junction with Nettleton Street and at the junction with Bruton Way to prevent vehicle access from both directions.

Gloucestershire County Council hopes to improve safety by having fewer cars travelling outside the pubs and clubs.

Councillor Will Windsor Clive said: "By cutting the number of cars on the road as people walk from pub to pub, we hope to reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring and people getting hurt."

A similar scheme was introduced temporarily on Eastgate Street in 2008 and came to an end the following year.

The authority is running this scheme in partnership with Gloucestershire Police as part of their Street Safe initiative.

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