West Quay to be pedestrianised?

Bridgwater Mercury: Bridgwater's West Quay Bridgwater's West Quay

THE DEADLINE for people to give their thoughts on a scheme to partly pedestrianise Bridgwater’s West Quay is looming.

The West Quay Action Group, formed following the river wall collapse, has been working with council officials to make a stretch of road from the Town Bridge to Castle Street traffic free.

Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council and Bridgwater Town Council are asking the public to take part in a consultation by December 3.

Vice chairman of the action group, Martin Grixoni, said: “We compiled a petition which found 600 people were in favour of pedestrianisation.

“Meetings were held with the town, district and county council and they agreed pedestrianisation was a good idea but proposed a ‘half-way house’ scheme for a short section of the area.

“We wanted to go for it, but we are keen for Bridgwater to get the best it can. I hope they will consider expanding the scheme.”

The section would be traffic free, with deliveries permitted from 6am to 10am and the carriageway surface improved with stone setts, reclaimed from the river wall, at the Northgate and Castle Street junctions.

The length from Castle Street to Northgate car park will still be open for traffic, with a new link from West Quay to Northgate through the car park.

Tom Dougall, Sedgemoor District Council’s Transport Policy Officer, told the Mercury: “We distributed leaflets giving details of the suggested scheme in September, which are still available from Bridgwater House. The official consultation began on October 23.”

He said the reason full pedestrianisation was not chosen was because of costs, the fact that a bigger scheme would affect more people and take longer to implement, and the opportunity to make the most of the current contractors working on the wall.

He added: “When current construction is finished, we want to use the same contractors to alter the road. This would save on costs and is a great opportunity.

“This is the start and it doesn’t exclude future extension of the scheme.”

Secretary of the West Quay Action Group, Owen Jones of the Watergate hotel, added: “I think it will increase footfall in the town and make it more attractive to both shoppers and residents, taking advantage of the historical buildings in that part of town.”

Westover Councillor Brian Smedley, who has supported the action group, said: “Pedestrianising the West Quay is a real opportunity to turn around the fortunes of that part of town and to utilise a famous river frontage.”

Write to Somerset County Council Dunball Industrial Estate, Dunball, Bridgwater, TA6 4TP or countyroads-sedgemoor@somerset.gov.uk.

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4:44pm Sat 17 Nov 12

mikeymike says...

One way in/out of Castle moat, great idea.....NOT!
One way in/out of Castle moat, great idea.....NOT! mikeymike

8:07pm Sun 18 Nov 12

the voice of common sense says...

What a good idea, makes it much safer coming from East quay out into Eastover and Salmon parade.

Just open up York buildings for everyone rather than a couple of buses an hour and you have two ways out of Castle moat.

To make it safe for pedestrians put in a speed camera with a five MPH limit and no boy racers shooting through there at 50 MPH.
What a good idea, makes it much safer coming from East quay out into Eastover and Salmon parade. Just open up York buildings for everyone rather than a couple of buses an hour and you have two ways out of Castle moat. To make it safe for pedestrians put in a speed camera with a five MPH limit and no boy racers shooting through there at 50 MPH. the voice of common sense

1:17pm Mon 19 Nov 12

swjoduk says...

It won't be one way out if there is a link through to the car park!
It won't be one way out if there is a link through to the car park! swjoduk

4:15pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Blue Owl says...

the voice of common sense wrote:
What a good idea, makes it much safer coming from East quay out into Eastover and Salmon parade.

Just open up York buildings for everyone rather than a couple of buses an hour and you have two ways out of Castle moat.

To make it safe for pedestrians put in a speed camera with a five MPH limit and no boy racers shooting through there at 50 MPH.
What a solid proposal to re- open this the York Buildings link from King Sq thro to the Cornhill, with Speed bumps to regulate the traffic. I hope that this could be taken to SCC Highways as a
Sensible idea. Well put into the debate
" The Voice Of Common Sense"
Regards Blue-Owl.
[quote][p][bold]the voice of common sense[/bold] wrote: What a good idea, makes it much safer coming from East quay out into Eastover and Salmon parade. Just open up York buildings for everyone rather than a couple of buses an hour and you have two ways out of Castle moat. To make it safe for pedestrians put in a speed camera with a five MPH limit and no boy racers shooting through there at 50 MPH.[/p][/quote]What a solid proposal to re- open this the York Buildings link from King Sq thro to the Cornhill, with Speed bumps to regulate the traffic. I hope that this could be taken to SCC Highways as a Sensible idea. Well put into the debate " The Voice Of Common Sense" Regards Blue-Owl. Blue Owl

9:09pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Lord Gothover says...

Older readers may recollect the days when Fore Street was opened to two-way traffic, and so was West Quay. As was St. Mary Street, and the High Street. Everything seemed to run smoothly enough.
Older readers may recollect the days when Fore Street was opened to two-way traffic, and so was West Quay. As was St. Mary Street, and the High Street. Everything seemed to run smoothly enough. Lord Gothover

9:09am Tue 20 Nov 12

Blue Owl says...

Lord Gothover wrote:
Older readers may recollect the days when Fore Street was opened to two-way traffic, and so was West Quay. As was St. Mary Street, and the High Street. Everything seemed to run smoothly enough.
You are correct, it was the proposal to restrict the traffic flow within the High Street, that started this all off.
Even this measure was not carried out effectively by SCC Highways, as in my opinion as this High St Pavement widening, so called improvement.
The traffic flow direction should have been evaluated for flow in either direction ( Not @ the same time ) so as it could have been accessed as to whether the traffic direction would have been more effective if the direction was Down the High St from
Penel Orleiu. We will never KNOW !!
Regards Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]Lord Gothover[/bold] wrote: Older readers may recollect the days when Fore Street was opened to two-way traffic, and so was West Quay. As was St. Mary Street, and the High Street. Everything seemed to run smoothly enough.[/p][/quote]You are correct, it was the proposal to restrict the traffic flow within the High Street, that started this all off. Even this measure was not carried out effectively by SCC Highways, as in my opinion as this High St Pavement widening, so called improvement. The traffic flow direction should have been evaluated for flow in either direction ( Not @ the same time ) so as it could have been accessed as to whether the traffic direction would have been more effective if the direction was Down the High St from Penel Orleiu. We will never KNOW !! Regards Blue-Owl Blue Owl

1:33pm Tue 20 Nov 12

the voice of common sense says...

The reason that traffic flows the way it does was decided at a public meeting that was not very well advertised, only three people attended (I wasn't aware of the meeting) and a vote was taken as to which way the one way should be, the voting was 2-1 in favour of cornhill to penel orlieu.

At a later meeting, just after work had started, due to public pressure, there was a second meeting, at which about sixty traders and concerned residents were present. Overwhelmingly the opinion was that traffic was going the wrong way, we asked if it were possible to have a trial in the other direction before any pavements were moved and Councillor John Lang, who presided over the meeting said that it was not possible, so on a vote of three people, not unanimously we are stuck with it the way it is.
The reason that traffic flows the way it does was decided at a public meeting that was not very well advertised, only three people attended (I wasn't aware of the meeting) and a vote was taken as to which way the one way should be, the voting was 2-1 in favour of cornhill to penel orlieu. At a later meeting, just after work had started, due to public pressure, there was a second meeting, at which about sixty traders and concerned residents were present. Overwhelmingly the opinion was that traffic was going the wrong way, we asked if it were possible to have a trial in the other direction before any pavements were moved and Councillor John Lang, who presided over the meeting said that it was not possible, so on a vote of three people, not unanimously we are stuck with it the way it is. the voice of common sense

3:21pm Wed 21 Nov 12

cidreman says...

Close off Castle Street ...Chandos Street ..King Square ...while your closing off West Quay ...

Re-open Fore Street to 2 x way traffic and the High Street & St Mary Street

Taunton seems to manage ok with traffic going through its shoping areas ..and they have more shops !

Maybe Cllr Smedley could sugest this at his next Council Meeting (Westover being area Town Centre etc )
Close off Castle Street ...Chandos Street ..King Square ...while your closing off West Quay ... Re-open Fore Street to 2 x way traffic and the High Street & St Mary Street Taunton seems to manage ok with traffic going through its shoping areas ..and they have more shops ! Maybe Cllr Smedley could sugest this at his next Council Meeting (Westover being area Town Centre etc ) cidreman

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