Westgate night time pedestrian zone proposed

22/07/2019, PR-9131

Proposed Westgate pedestrianisation proposal
Areas proposed to become night-time pedestrian areas on weekends

Residents and businesses on Westgate, in the area from Drury Lane to Wood Street, are being invited to have a say on a proposal to create a weekend night time pedestrian zone in the area.

The proposal is to close the roads to normal vehicular traffic from 11pm to 5am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Only buses and taxis would be permitted through.

There would be changes to some adjacent roads to allow drivers access to car parks and other parking areas and a hotel.

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The reason for the proposal is to improve road safety and encourage the development of a more vibrant night-time culture. In the last five years, there were 15 road traffic accidents with injuries, 11 of which involved pedestrians.

Cllr Matthew Morley
Cllr Matthew Morley

There will be two rounds of consultations. The first will be for residents and businesses in the affected areas as well as other interested parties. Each is being contacted directly by the council to invite comments.

These comments will then be reviewed before a second consultation exercise that will formally advertise the proposals.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways said: "There is a bustling night time scene in this area and we want to encourage this and create an environment in which people can be safe when they go out to the theatre, bars, pubs, restaurants and night clubs in the area. This is not a foregone conclusion, therefore I would encourage everyone with an interest to participate in the consultation which will inform the decision."

If agreed, it is planned to introduce the proposed changes before the end of 2019.