Adjustments to the temporary pedestrianisation measures in Shaftesbury will be made as the summer season draws to a close.
Temporary safety measures to the High Street were introduced in June to align with government social distancing advice and enable non-essential shops to reopen. Due to the town’s narrow streets, measures will remain in place for the time being and continue to be reviewed weekly.
Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “The coronavirus infection rate in Dorset has so far remained low and the highway measures put in place in our busiest high street areas has played its part in keeping residents and visitors safe.
Based on the priority of keeping the Shaftesbury High Street safe for shoppers the High Street will remain closed to traffic between the hours of 9 to 4 Monday to Saturday, Delivery drivers are still permitted and the X2 bus service will launch next week, these exceptions are permitted based on travelling one-way only heading down the High Street and limited to 5mph. Further discussions are being held in relation to other bus services and taxis.
As the season changes it is expected the footfall in the town centre is likely to be less in the Autumn. A further review will be undertaken mid-September to understand impact of less pedestrians and to assess the options of potentially removing or reducing the hours of restricted vehicular access.