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Update on Bridgend town centre access plans

27 October 2017

The Cabinet of Bridgend County Borough Council has received an update on the possibility of creating an additional ‘gateway’ into Bridgend town centre.

Developed following requests from traders, the proposals could see drivers being able to access Queen Street, Dunraven Place and Market Street and use new parking bays to nip into town and visit local shops.

The plans, which are dependent upon suitable funding becoming available, would see two crossings and a 20mph limit introduced to ensure the safety of pedestrians, and the carriageway edges would also need to be clearly marked with bollards and street furniture to prevent vehicles from mounting the kerb.

Following informal consultation with South Wales Police and organisations such as Bridgend Equalities Forum, SHOUT, BridgendVIS, People 1st Bridgend, the Stroke Association and Bridgend Youth Cabinet, a number of changes have been suggested.

South Wales Police have also asked for a fully detailed design to be produced to ensure that all road safety issues have been accounted for.

As a result, the Cabinet of Bridgend County Borough has agreed to commission detailed designs while undertaking a formal consultation on the proposed changes to establish a permanent new Traffic Order for the scheme.

The proposed changes include:

  • Removing the Pedestrian Order along Queen Street, Dunraven Place and part of Market Street.
  • Providing limited waiting bays between 10am-6pm along Dunraven Place and Market Street with no return within one hour.
  • Providing a limited waiting bay between 10am-6pm and a loading / unloading bay between 6pm-10am in the Queen Street layby.
  • Providing a loading / unloading bay at all times in the Market Street layby.
  • Increasing the waiting time for the parking bays from 30 minutes to one hour.
  • Providing a pedestrian-controlled crossing point at the junction of Market Street and Quarella Road, and another in Dunraven Street near the Wyndham Arms.
  • Establishing a new Traffic Order that allows access to all vehicles along the northern end of Market Street.
  • Reversing the traffic flow along Wyndham Street, Cross Street and Caroline Street.
  • Introducing no waiting at any time along the parts of the road not covered by the parking bays.

Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “These proposals recognise that shopping patterns have changed and have been identified by local businesses as something that could support town centre trade, but it is absolutely essential that they are introduced in a safe manner that does not put pedestrians at risk, and that appropriate funding is sourced for the work.

“A Traffic Order has to be established before any changes can be made and a formal consultation period must be observed as part of this process, so we are undertaking this now while more detailed plans are drawn up.”

More details about how people can take part in the Traffic Order consultation will be issued soon.

Last Updated: 27/10/2017
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