To assist the reopening of Warwick and the recovery from the impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic; Warwickshire County Council have produced a temporary scheme which will provide additional space for pedestrians to safely circulate, for customers to queue outside shops and for businesses to expand to meet customer needs.
The scheme includes introducing a one-way east bound traffic flow on High Street and Jury Street and one-way north bound traffic flow on The Butts. The following town centre streets will be closed to traffic; Swan Street, Brook Street, Market Street and Market Place. The New Street car park will remain open with the northern section of New Street becoming two-way and the southern section being closed.
Puckering’s Lane will only be open for access to the bus station and vehicle access only to the car park. Warwick’s Taxi Rank, at the Holloway, will be relocated to Barrack Street parking bays.
Banbury Road – one way pedestrian flow from the roundabout at Bridge End / Myton Road to the pedestrian crossing. Where the road splits into three lanes the left hand land will be closed and barriers will be installed to give more room for pedestrians and insert a temporary cycle lane.
Parking will be suspended on Smith Street and Banbury Road and Castle Hill will be narrowed to a single lane northbound between the River Avon bridge and East Gate to create additional space for pedestrians and cyclists.
It is expected the scheme will be introduced from Monday 15th June to coincide with the reopening of non-essential shops.
The space created by a combination of lane closures and the suspension of some on-street parking will create areas for customers to queue outside shops whilst allowing pedestrians to circulate safely. Access will be maintained for loading and deliveries with marshals being located at selected road closure points.
Traffic Management equipment such as cones and barriers will be used to safely segregate people from motor traffic. The Councils have plans to work with local art groups to consider options for improving the appearance of barriers to ensure the distinctive look and feel of the town can be retained.
As hospitality businesses open, the space created may allow them to increase their outside tables to accommodate social distancing requirements.