BIG RESPONSE TO SURVEY ON CITY CENTRE TRAFFIC
Updated: Aug 15, 2021
There was a massive response by Fishpool residents to the FSRA’s recent survey – and a great show of support for pedestrianisation of some city centre streets and other traffic calming measures closer to home.
We received 81 replies out of a total of about 110 addresses in Fishpool Street, an impressive participation rate of 73.6 per cent.
The results were as follows:
Proposal 1 George Street and Market Place should remain as permanent pedestrian areas, with direct vehicle access for deliveries restricted to specific off-peak times.
Agreed - 74 (92.5%) Disagreed - 6 (7.5%)
· Pedestrianisation only if all property owners agree.
· Air pollution in George Street and surrounding area has dropped dramatically since pedestrianisation.
Proposal 2 A new loading bay/drop-off area should be provided at the junction of Verulam Road and High Street to be used by pupils of St Albans School and for deliveries to local businesses.
Agreed - 75 (93.7%) Disagreed - 5 (6.2%)
· The drop-off for St Albans School should be no further away than this.
Proposal 3 High Street should remain a pedestrianised area for most of each day. However, to make the new drop-off/pick-up work in practice, licensed vehicles only (including school coaches) should be allowed through High Street at specific times using a controlled access system such as rising bollards.
Agreed - 66 (82.5%)
Disagreed - 14 (17.5%)
· Concern for the safety of pedestrians when vehicles have access.
· Local businesses should not be disadvantaged by the proposal.
· Of those opposed to the proposal some want 24-hour closure and some want no pedestrianisation.
Proposal 4 The Romeland coach loading bay should be replaced by 24-hour residents’ parking.
Agreed - 70 (88.6%)
Disagreed - 9 (11.4%)
· The space would be better used for (paid) parking for shoppers and cathedral visitors.
· Include bicycle racks to encourage cycling rather than driving.
· Improved traffic control signage in Romeland.
Proposal 5 To reduce the use of Spicer Street/ Fishpool Street as a ‘rat run’, the central section of Fishpool Street should be made one way east to west. This would reduce congestion along the Manor wall but allow two-way access to St Michael’s Manor, the Lower Red Lion and Aquis Court.
Agreed - 57 (72.1%)
Disagreed - 22 (27.8%)
· If implemented, improved speed control would be required.
· Make whole street one-way with Mount Pleasant in the opposite direction.
· West to east better for parking beside the raised footpath.
· A turning point would be needed where ‘No Entry’ takes effect.
Vehicle weight restrictions should be imposed on the narrow streets in the conservation area with all HGVs requiring licences to enter.
Agreed - 72 (91.1%)
Disagreed - 7 (8.8%)
· Concern about access for deliveries and construction traffic.
Proposal 7 A 20mph speed limit should be imposed throughout the city centre and should be robustly enforced.
Agreed - 75 (93.7%)
Disagreed - 5 (6.2%)
· There would have to be better and stricter enforcement.
· These proposals do not work individually – only in combination.
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