New measures in Lancaster to help social distancing
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Lancashire County Council is introducing some temporary changes to roads in Lancaster to help social distancing as lockdown restrictions ease further.
The county council has been working closely with district and borough councils to make busy areas as safe as possible as footfall increases, with a focus on reallocating road space to help pedestrians stay apart, and prioritise walking and cycling due to continued restrictions on public transport.
Work is due to take place on Thursday evening to close Dalton Square to traffic to aid social distancing, and assist the temporary relocation of the Charter Market from Market Square to Dalton Square.
The twice weekly traditional street market, which is managed by Lancaster City Council and sets up in Lancaster city centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays, has remained closed during the coronavirus lockdown.
Its move from Market Square and adjacent streets to the larger Dalton Square will ensure that there is adequate space for both businesses and customers.
All entrances for vehicles to Dalton Square will be closed, and parking bays suspended. The existing one-way priority on Sulyard Street will be reversed to allow access to businesses and car parks on Friar Street. A signed diversion will be put in place for the duration of the closure.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We're working closely with councils throughout Lancashire to make our town centres as safe as we can as lockdown measures ease and businesses reopen.
"Our focus is to create more room for pedestrians to prevent the spread of the virus, and make it easier to cycle due to the continuing restrictions on public transport.
"Current advice is to avoid using public transport unless your journey is really necessary, so instead we're asking people to walk and cycle if they can.
"The Charter Market is being temporarily relocated to Dalton Square to enable social distancing, and closing the square to vehicles will assist with this, as well as supporting active travel more widely.
"This and similar measures people will encounter as they travel around the county are part of our emergency response to help Lancashire control and recover from the coronavirus, and we will keep them under review."
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