SEP 00] RUGBY
BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS
Pedestrians To Win Traffic Battle in Rugby
Rugby town centre
could become a more friendly place for pedestrians, with moves to
discourage traffic along the main streets.
The Cabinet of Rugby
Borough Council is being asked to look at widening pavements and
making safer road crossings in a £280,000 scheme.
The joint project
between the borough and county councils was being drawn up after
public consultations. Work could start in the spring to make the town
easier for pedestrians, and deter through traffic using the
Place, High Street and Sheep Street were pedestrianised 20 years ago,
the main road through the town - North Street running into Church
Street and Clifton Road - is still very busy and divides the town
centre in half.
Most journeys where
motorists use that route could just as easily be made on a detour
using Hillmorton Road and Corporation Street, or Regent Place, Albert
Street and Railway Terrace.
Cllr James Shera,
Cabinet member for Boro8ugh Development, said:
retailers have complained for a long time about the amount and speed
of traffic passing through the town centre. Journeys on foot across
the town can be made hazardous and unpleasant by vehicles, noise and
“We want to
discourage through traffic from taking short cuts through the town
whilst at the same time maintaining easy access for those with
“We also want to
improve faculties for bus and taxi passengers and to generally make
it easier for public transport in the town.
consultation on the plans included a ‘Planning for Real’
exercise when dozens of people with an interest in the town
identified problem areas and came up with solutions.”
These solutions have
been worked into the plans. Cllr Shera said:
“These meet the
wishes of local people in dealing with problems that are important