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Code to stop incidents with bollard in Falmouth

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:45am 8th September 2018. (Updated at 7:56am 8th September 2018)

The notorious rising bollard in Falmouth will now be controlled by a keypad. 

The bollard is supposed to stop vehicles without authorisation getting into the partly pedestrianised stretch of Church Street.

A number of cars have been damaged as people try to drive through the zone unaware of the bollard until it is too late.

 

The continuous problem has meant a number of repairs for the bollard too.

Several accidents have meant the bollard has been in and out of operation, in 2015 a van was stuck on the bollard for five hours. 

 

In an attempt to reduce the number of incidents and make it safer for pedestrians, the council is introducing a new system.

As of today (Saturday 8th September) drivers will need a passcode to zone.

The passcode will be made available to local businesses through Falmouth town centre manager, Richard Gates.

The council are hoping it will further reduce traffic in the centre. 

“Between 11am and 4pm no one should be driving down Church Street other than Royal Mail delivery vehicles and the emergency services, and those leaving Church Street car park at the specified exit. 

“The code control will mean that these will be the only vehicles now able to do that so Falmouth town centre should be clearer and safer for pedestrians, which is good news for everyone.”

Jayne Kirkham, Councillor 

The rising bollard is in place to prevent traffic from accessing Market Street, Church Street and the north-western end of Arwenack Street.

“It is a pity that drivers have ignored the clear signage and continued to try and drive through the restricted zone, leaving both their vehicles and the bollard damaged.

“I am pleased we have found a solution which will hopefully prevent these incidents and make the town centre a safer place for pedestrians.”

Geoff Brown, Councillor 

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