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Study into traffic regulation plans for Brighton
Experts are to evaluate the impact of traffic regulations in the centre of Brighton – despite the plans not having been approved yet.
The plans would see Ship Street pedestrianised between Duke Street and North Street from 11am each day, East Street being shut to vehicles between 11am and 7pm daily, Prince Albert Street closed permanently to traffic between Middle Street and Bartholomews and a number of parking and loading bays removed.
After nearly 70 people, including taxi drivers, residents and businesses, officially opposed the plans, the scheme cannot be approved until a public inquiry, due to be held in July, is completed.
However, experts will be travelling from the University of West England’s Centre for Transport and Society to carry out ‘baseline’ work this summer.
Dr Steve Melia, from the Centre for Transport and Society, said: “The view and expectation is there will be a whole series of improvements. We will measure those improvements.
“We will be surveying pedestrians and shoppers about where they come from and how they travel to an area before and after the pedestrianisation.
Impact on business
“There isn’t an awful lot of through traffic at the moment but it will be interesting to know when you can no longer driver down some of the lanes what the impact has been.
“We will also look at how has it affected business footfall and rental values.
“The expectation of the council is there will be a positive impact on all of those things.”
Ian Davey, the chairman of the council’s transport committee, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Centre for Transport and Society which has a reputation for its expertise in transport research.
“They will be helping us to gain a better understanding of the wider benefits, both economically and socially, of pedestrian priority schemes.”
For information call the council on 01273 290487 or visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk.
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