Gloucester's pedestrian zone delayed by bollard fault

A £100,000 set of automatic bollards installed to keep traffic out of a pedestrian zone in Gloucester are standing idle because no-one knows how to switch them on!

£100,000 on bollards that aren't working

It's been revealed bollards costing £100,000 that have been installed in Gloucester City Centre can't be used.

They were installed by contractors last month but the one man who knew how they worked has now left the company.

The project was part-funded by Gloucester City Council. It's Nightsafe Committee has been told the bollards might not be in use now until September.

When the bollards are finally operational, they will block all traffic, except emergency vehicles which will have the code to lower them.

Town crier standing above the sunken bollard that no-one knows how to raise. Credit: ITV West Country News

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Thousands spent on bollards no-one knows how to use

A £100,000 set of automatic bollards installed to keep traffic out of Gloucester city centre's pedestrian zone are standing idle - because no-one knows how to switch them on.The man who knows how to set them up has left his job with the contractors.

The bollards have been installed in the city's four Gate streets leading to the central Cross. Traffic is barred from Eastgate, Westgate, Northgate and Southgate streets from 10am-5pm each day - but many vehicles flout the rule.

It means they might not now be in use until September.

When the bollards are finally operational, they will block all traffic, except emergency vehicles which will have the code to lower them.

It seems unfortunate if there is going to be a delay but we need to focus on the long term. We are keen to have them activated because there are too many violations of the traffic exclusion zone.

It is particularly important because we are trying to encourage a cafe culture. It doesn’t sit comfortably with that idea.

– Councillor Paul James, Leader of Council