Vehicles are to be banned from Bulwell town centre at certain times in an experimental traffic trial aimed at avoiding accidents.
A proposed Traffic Regulation Order will close access to all vehicles between 10am and 4pm in the Bulwell pedestrianised area, but business will be able to load and unload outside these hours as usual.
Bulwell councillors Jackie Morris, Ginny Klein and John Hartshorne say they have become concerned by frequent complaints from local people that the busy traffic is causing problems for those with pushchairs, mobility and other issues and that as a consequence of the busy roads, traffic incidents are increasing.
Coun Jane Urquhart, of Nottingham City Council, said: “Pedestrian safety is always our priority and this experiment will allow us to monitor the effectiveness of these traffic changes in the Bulwell pedestrianised area.”
Coun Jackie Morris added: “Currently there are too many vehicles driving through the pedestrianised area causing confusion for pedestrians including the visually impaired and their guide dogs. There have also been several very near misses and we feel we have to take action to prevent a fatality. Many local elderly citizens use this pedestrian shopping area and their restricted mobility creates a lack of confidence when vehicles frequent the same area. There are several dedicated disabled parking bays close to the town centre and we are looking to source more dedicated disabled bays. If the experiment is a success it will be made permanent.”
A council spokesman said: “The project is still being consulted on with local businesses and people and the final decision as to when the work will start depends really on what issues the consultation raises. But it would be around April/May that works would be expected to be completed. The details will be confirmed as soon as possible.”