In announcing a six-week public consultation into the trial scheme, Environment and Public Services said it was also aimed at improving access to commercial premises.Committee president Deputy Maurice Dubras said they were committed to improving pedestrian safety.
‘The improvement of pedestrian safety is very important to my committee.
Pedestrians currently experience difficulties in this area as the junctions are very busy, this scheme and the associated introduction of pedestrian crossings, will improve the situation.
‘At the same time I am very conscious of the need to enable shoppers to have good access to the markets and businesses in the area.
We are looking for an optimum outcome for all stakeholders.
I am also very keen for an active consultation process to take place, to ensure that comments will be heard and listened to, ideas carefully considered and any concerns can be addressed.’As well as reversing the one-way route down Halkett Place from Burrard Street, three new zebra crossings will be installed at the two junctions and at the one with Waterloo Street.
Environment will also introduce cycle and motorcycle parking, new footways and unloading bays in the surrounding area.The existing filter-in-turn at the junction of Halkett Place and Beresford Street will no longer be required as traffic will travel up the street.Consultation is taking place with the parish, residents and businesses, the Market Traders Association, Centre Ville and the urban renewal group.
If the go-ahead is given for the trial scheme, it is likely to be introduced for 12 months from November or December.