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The Battle of Bradford Bridge - WC retreats

September 2, 2020 6:11 PM
By WC (edited)

Wiltshire Council and Bradford on Avon Town Council have agreed to make changes to the town's social distancing scheme.

The traffic lights on the Town Bridge, which were implemented to allow people to social distance while walking across the bridge, will be removed to allow drivers to travel across the bridge in both directions. Pedestrians can follow the directional signage to cross the Town Bridge safely, or use the McKeever Bridge.

The rest of the one-way system will remain for at least six months.

The scheme had been designed and implemented by Wiltshire Council at the request of the town council, which paid for it.

Cllr Dom Newton, Leader of Bradford on Avon Town Council and Chair of the Highways and Transport Committee, said: "Wiltshire Council has notified us that in the interests of children returning to school this week, they are suspending the alternate one-way on the bridge for the immediate future. We will continue to review and revise the system with Wiltshire Council."

As part of the one-way system that remains in operation, drivers who approach the Town Bridge from the south will then have to turn left, one-way up Market Street; while traffic can only travel one-way down Silver Street from the north.