Posts Tagged ‘pedestrianised streets’

When is a pedestrianised street not a pedestrianised street?

February 13, 2017

It is a reasonable assumption, that a pedestrianised street is a pedestrianised street,  a safe area for pedestrians to stroll, free of cars, vans and lorries.

Not in the centre of Lincoln.

In the city centre, a pedestrianised area, where cars, vans and lorries drive through up until ten o’clock in the morning. That is the permitted time, they actually continue to drive through until at least 10-30.

Then a repeat after four o’clock.

Today the High Street was packed, and yet vans and lorries were driving through.

A lorry drove through, then turned right before the Stonebow.

Maybe the driver thought it ok, because he had his hazard lights flashing. Legally he could drive through as it was after four o’clock.

But earlier,  a car was driving up past The Stonebow up the High Street. Maybe the driver thought it was ok because he was  serf working for Hermes at less than the minimum wage and was delivering a parcel. Or maybe he thought it was ok because he or she had their hazard lights flashing.

Coffee Aroma have been ordered to remove their tables and chairs by four o’clock in the afternoon. And yet they are not the problem. The problems is crass planning policies that permit cars, vans and lorries to  drive through pedestrianised streets.

The week before, as I walked past Coffee Aroma at four o’clock with their tables and chairs stacked up, I was nearly run down by a white van.

Across Europe pedestrianised areas, vans and lorries park on the outskirts and deliver by handcart and trolley.

Why not in Lincoln?

It would be safer for pedestrians, minimise damage to the street surface, and improve the air quality with no diesel engines belching out their toxic fumes.

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Aldershot pedestrianised streets

August 21, 2014
 cars forcing their way past market stalls in pedestrianised street

cars forcing their way past market stalls in pedestrianised street

The centre of Aldershot, Union Street and Wellington Street are pedestrianised, only late afternoon (4-30pm weekdays, 6-30pm Thursday market day) cars, vans, 40 tonne lorries are allowed through, putting pedestrians at risk. Outside McDonald’s and other junk food outlets, yobs park, music blasting out.

Thursday, the restriction is 6-30pm, to allow market traders to dismantle their stalls, but no notice is taken, no enforcement action, cars try to drive through, even though it is not possible, they then try and turn around in the street, others try and force their way past the stalls, putting the stallholders at risk.

Plans to repave these streets (which do not need repaving) part of plans to pour £4.5 million down the drain in Aldershot for which there has been no consultation, do not even address this issue.

A couple of years ago, Victoria Road was repaved. A lost opportunity to make it pedestrianised.

The existing rules need to be enforced, the streets then made traffic free 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a pedestrian crossing connecting Upper Union Street to Union Street. Deliveries can be made by parking on the edge of the pedestrianised zone, and delivering by handcart.

Aldershot pedestrianised streets

August 18, 2014
 pedestrianised streets

pedestrianised streets

48 tonne lorry trying to gain access

48 tonne lorry trying to gain access

heading towards 99p Stores

heading towards 99p Stores

potential site for lorry bay

potential site for lorry bay

restrictions on access

restrictions on access

restrictions on access

restrictions on access

restrictions on access

restrictions on access

Pedestrianised streets are the few streets where you can walk around safely, free from traffic hazards, traffic pollution.

Welcome to Aldershot: vehicles driving through, yobs with music blaring out, 48 tonne lorries.

Vehicles are allowed through 4-30pm weekdays (exception market day 6-30pm).

48 tonne lorries making deliveries, smashing up the paving slabs.

There are plans to waste £4.5 million repaving. A waste of money, especially if vehicle access not restricted.

Yobs drive through, noise thudding out, the cars then park, more yobs gather round, noise still thudding out from the parked cars.

On a Thursday, vehicles cannot get through, but they still try.

Last Friday, vehicles all day long.

This evening, at a guess, a 48 tonne lorry trying to gain entry. How the driver missed any of the parked cars a miracle. From the amount of rust, I doubt roadworthy. As there were palettes outside 99p Stores (a trip hazard for passers by), I guess that is where the lorry was heading.

99p Stores has a back entrance. Why is that not used?

There is a every wide pavement, it would be easy to construct a lorry bay, deliveries by hand cart. The norm in Europe.

Instead of pouring £4.5 million down the drain. Let us see some action from which Aldershot will benefit. Let us see these pedestrianised streets vehicle free 24 hours a days seven days a week. Access for emergency vehicles only.

There is also a need for a pedestrian crossing connecting Upper Union Street with Union Street.

Widening the pavement at Grosvenor Road, part of pouring £4.5 million down the drain, a waste of money, as pavement not narrow, and there is very little footfall.

Victoria Street was repaved a couple of years ago. A wasted opportunity. It should have been pedestrianised, creating a central zone in Aldershot town centre traffic free.