Salisbury city centre to be pedestrianised in trial from September

Salisbury city centre to be pedestrianised in trial from September

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 10:30am 2nd July 2020. (Updated at 10:32am 2nd July 2020)

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Through traffic will be banned on several streets with the exception of certain vehicles.

The People Friendly Project will see a number of streets in the city centre prioritised for walkers and cyclists between certain times of the day.

Only emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and tourist coaches will be allowed.

The exact details of the Wiltshire Council project have yet to be agreed but streets, or part of, that are identified in the plan include,

  • Castle Street
  • Blue Boar Row
  • Endless Street
  • Winchester Street
  • Brown Street
  • Milford Street
  • New Canal
  • High Street
  • Bridge Street
  • Fisherton Street
  • Silver Street
  • Minster Street
  • Avon Approach

The streets will be controlled by 'bus gates' which will allow exempted vehicles through with cameras as support for enforcement.

Residents will be allowed access, how that will be work has yet to be determined.

Silver Street
Traffic except certain vehicles will be banned from Silver Street.

TRIAL

Designs for the project will be revealed in mid July with comments accepted until early August.

The project will begin in the autumn and will be trialled for 18 months.

The scheme is subject to an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), which allows for changes to be made throughout the life of the project, so feedback from residents, businesses and local groups is encouraged throughout the trial period.

Wiltshire Council can then make changes to the project based on this feedback to ensure it is bringing benefits for local people and businesses. 

Castle Street Salisbury
Castle Street is one of the streets identified in the plan.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: 

"This exciting People Friendly Salisbury project will transform the central area of the city, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists, aiding social distancing and, in turn, hopefully improving footfall for businesses.

"It will also improve air quality in the city, and will help with our pledge to make Wiltshire Council carbon neutral by 2030, and to support Wiltshire to do the same."

The Leader of Salisbury City Council, Cllr Jeremy Nettle has described the plan as a "huge opportunity to trial something very different in the city as it re-opens after coronavirus."

He's admitted there may by teething problems.

"There may well be problems that need to be faced, particularly around the displacement of traffic on to the ring road, and potential 'rat-runs'. However, I am encouraged that this is an experimental trial that enables tweaks and adjustments, whilst potentially radically improving pedestrianisation and air quality in our beautiful city.

"I firmly believe we need to take advantage of this 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity and together make it work for the city. I have to see more details of the scheme, and look forward to having the chance to give feedback and would encourage others to do so too."

Salisbury High Street
Salisbury already has some pedestrianised areas but Wiltshire Council want more of the city's streets to be "people friendly."

REACTION FROM SALISBURY BID

Dean Speer, Vice Chair of Salisbury BID and Partner of Myddelton & Major, has branded it "an opportunity to be bold" and to help the city recover.

He says the timing is right.

"This is a crucial time for the economy as businesses reopen in a phased manner It's important that these plans are implemented now, before the busy Christmas trading period, to ensure consumers feel safe and have the confidence to return to Salisbury to support our businesses."

Mr Speer also says it's important small businesss are still accessible for deliveries but is encouraging businesses to be "open-minded to the change."

The concept of People Friendly Salisbury has already been subject to some consultation, as part of the Salisbury Central Area Framework (CAF) consultation, which took place in 2019, and the Salisbury Transport Strategy  refresh, in 2018.

Under the CAF consultation 48% of respondents said that they 'strongly agree' that Wiltshire Council should prioritise walking and cycling over cars in the city, and 23% stating that they 'agree' with that statement.

 

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