Tuesday, 2nd September 2014

Parking rethink to tackle Bridgnorth congestion.

Restrictions could be imposed in Bridgnorth town centre in a bid to ease traffic problems.

Council highways bosses are looking at making the changes after feedback from the public over parking in the town.

Work to repair parts of the road along High Street would also be carried out, members of Bridgnorth Town Council heard at last night’s meeting.

They include moving and shortening a bus lay-by, moving the motorcycle parking area from under the town hall to either side and creating a short stay disabled parking space outside the post office. The number of loading bays could be increased by three.

The proposals will go out to consultation before a decision is made by Shropshire Council.

Alice Dilly, principal engineer at Shropshire Council, said: “We have only got a certain amount of highway space. There are a lot of competing demands.

“At the moment the situation is that people are free to stop in many places in the High Street. It is causing problems for buses turning out of Whitburn Street.

“We have come up with some proposals to try and channel people to park in particular areas.”

The proposals include stopping unloading and loading at Northgate between Cliff Road and Moat Street where there are visibility issues between 8am and 6pm.

The double bus stop would become a single stop with a loading place attached.

The bus stop would also be used by taxis between 9pm and 7am.

A ban on loading and unloading would be imposed at the section of the High Street to the Whitburn Street junction, where parked cars cause problems for buses. There would also be a loading and unloading ban around the town hall.

But Councillor Paul Tacchi said the proposals for the Cliff Road/Moat Street area would not solve the congestion problem and would still create a ‘treacherous situation’ for two-way traffic.

Councillor Ray Gill said having no loading or unloading at Cliff Road/Moat Street would be closer to what the council had discussed after the matter was brought to the authority by a resident.

Lisa Rowley