Fareham Town Centre will now be more pedestrian friendly thanks to a number of new arrangements which have come into effect as part of ongoing Traffic Management measures.
Firstly, an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order has been in force since March 2012 and has served to remove some of the vehicle movements which were making life harder for pedestrians in the shopping area on West Street. This has been reported to be working well and will continue to operate.
The second part of the measures has been to introduce new restrictions on cycling. This came into effect on Monday 10 September. This should make things easier for cyclists by allowing them to cycle through the Town Centre outside the main shopping times of the day. It also allows them to cycle along the West Street bus lane from High Street to Quay Street, and then to turn left into Quay Street.
Executive Member for Public Protection, Councillor Trevor Cartwright said "The new restrictions have worked well, keeping the pedestrian area more free for the pedestrians themselves. Although cycling restrictions have been introduced in the pedestrian area, cyclists will now be permitted to cycle along the bus lane at all times, and after 5pm they will be permitted to cycle through the pedestrian zone. They will also be able to cycle through the pedestrian zone before 9am, which will be particularly useful for commuters and for schoolchildren. At busy shopping times of course it makes sense to keep the area free for pedestrians only."
The Council's full Executive Committee will consider in February 2013, whether to make this scheme permanent. Comments can be sent by email to email@example.com, or by letter to Parking Services Dept., Civic Buildings, Civic Way, Fareham PO16 1AZ.
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