COVID-19: parking changes
Update to our key worker parking scheme
Changes and new traffic restrictions to Corporation Street
In response to the global pandemic, the government invited local authorities to create an environment that was safe for both walking and cycling and which allowed people to get around whilst maintaining social distance. The guidance encouraged authorities to act to embed walking and cycling as part of new long-term commuting habits and to reap the associated health, air quality and congestion benefits. The advice suggested the quickest and cheapest way of achieving this was the introduction of point closures, with exemptions where required, where other main roads could be kept free for through motor traffic.
A review of the city centre showed several issues where footway space was limited and the presence of passengers waiting at bus stops meant social distancing could not be maintained. As a result, a number of emergency measures were introduced to address public safety concerns. This included making Victoria and Albert Street one-way except for cycles, limiting use of the bus station, relocating or suspending bus stops where waiting space was limited, reallocating road space to give priority to shoppers and visitors and encouraging more sustainable travel.
As a result of the new one-way restrictions on Victoria and Albert Street, buses and hackney carriages are diverting via Bold Lane, Cathedral Road and Full Street. The measures on Corporation Street which restrict through traffic between 7am and 7pm, other than for buses, cycles and hackney carriages, supports the increased activity of buses using Corporation Street and limits delay for passengers as a result of the diversion. Reduced traffic in the area has reduced congestion on the Morledge and benefitted bus operators using the bus station as well as providing a safer and more pleasant environment for shoppers and visitors in the city centre. The restrictions enable drivers to enter the area to visit premises or pick up/drop off passengers and return to the inner ring road to complete their onward journeys. The restrictions do not apply in the evening when traffic flow is generally much lower.
Due to the rapid nature of the pandemic we recognise that the changes have been introduced swiftly and we have not been able to consult widely with everyone. We are intending to seek further views in November 2020 from residents, visitors and businesses over the impact of the emergency measures now that they have been in place for some weeks. Further information will be available on our Your City Your Say consultation page.