City Centre Transformation: Transport

City Centre Transformation: Transport

Before the pandemic, we spoke to local businesses about changing vehicle access on Blackett Street and some surrounding streets, to aid pedestrianisation of parts of the city centre. This is fundamental to delivering our vision for the city, opening up space for people and improving our environment. We have taken on board the feedback and used it to shape the proposed changes to the transport network that will enable us to achieve our vision.

The most significant change we are proposing in relation to traffic is the removal of through traffic on key city centre streets, including Blackett Street. This includes rerouting buses and amending delivery times for businesses. This will allow the focus of the street to be on the pedestrian experience and the safety of those enjoying the space. Any changes will be carried out through a legal process called a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).

Our formal consultation took place from September to October 2021.

The formal consultation included details on proposed new pedestrian priority zones, changes to bus stop locations, revised servicing and delivery times and some changes to on-street parking. 

This follows on from the consultation which took place before the pandemic. We have listened to feedback and made changes to the proposals, which we will be sharing with the community.

We are currently and will continue to engage with businesses and provide an opportunity for everyone to share their opinions, feedback, support, or objections on the proposals. 

All feedback gathered during the consultation is being reviewed and the proposals are subject to a successful referral to the government’s Planning Inspectorate.

Further details can be found on our city centre transport improvements information page.

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