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Opening the streets of Salisbury

July 2, 2020 1:07 PM

Wiltshire Council has announced a plan to prioritise walking and cycling in the centre of Salisbury.

The People Friendly Salisbury project will see several streets in the centre of the city prioritised for walkers and cyclists, but only between certain times of the day, and with some vehicles still allowed.

Designs for the project will be available in mid-July, with comments possible until early August. Then the project will begin and will be trialled for a period of 18 months.

The scheme is subject to an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), which allows for changes to be made throughout the life of the project, so feedback from residents, businesses and local groups is encouraged throughout the 18 months.

The concept of People Friendly Salisbury has already aired as part of the Salisbury Central Area Framework (CAF) consultation, which took place in 2019, and the Salisbury Transport Strategy (STS) refresh, in 2018.

The project has widespread support from local stakeholders and people that completed the CAF consultation.

More than a mile of the city's streets have been identified as areas the council can transform from vehicle-dominant to people friendly.

The exact details are still to be agreed, but streets that are identified in the plan include Castle Street, Blue Boar Row, Endless Street, Winchester Street, Brown Street, Milford Street, New Canal, High Street, Bridge Street, Fisherton Street, Silver Street, Minster Street and Avon Approach. This will be controlled through 'bus gates', which allow some exempted vehicles through, with cameras as enforcement.

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