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Traffic bans in St Ives town centre to help social distancing

Traffic bans in St Ives town centre to help social distancing

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 1st July 2020.

Traffic has been banned from parts of St Ives town centre to try and help people with social distancing.

The restrictions will be in force for non-essential vehicles across some streets daily, between 11am and 4pm.

There are a few exceptions in place, including for residents, fishermen, emergency workers, rubbish collectors and carers.

St Ives Town Council and St Ives BID say the move is to help keep people, visitors and businesses in the town safe.

The closures are in force until further notice, and will be reviewed on a regular basis. It will continue during the summer season, provided it is needed.

Where are the restrictions in place?

  • The proposed road closure will start from the Tregenna Place and Gabriel Street junction (or library corner as it is known locally).
  • The barrier will run across Tregenna Place, opposite Wetherspoons. This will keep the three-road junction at library corner flowing and maximise the ability of vehicles to leave without entering the zone.
  • Any vehicles entering the zone from Windsor Terrace, Bedford Road & Back Street would go around Market Square and leave the town via St Andrew Street.
  • Chapel Street would also be closed to traffic, to avoid rat-running
  • Drillfield Lane would be made one-way in a southward direction, and there would be no right turn into Tregenna Place from Bedford Road.
  • Some high-sided vehicles, which present at the bottom of Bedford Road may either turn right at the bottom of Bedford Road or be allowed through as the camber of the road at St Andrews Street will prevent their exit.
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"The streets in the town centre are narrow and, in the busy summer months, there are hundreds of people moving on foot.

"Even in a normal year, pedestrians are in conflict with vehicles, crushing onto the pavements to allow them to pass. It is very difficult to maintain social distancing even to one metre plus.

"One measure to tackle this is to remove all but the most essential vehicles from the busiest streets in order that shoppers can move more freely and better maintain social distancing.

"Many towns and cities across the country have – or are bringing in – road closures to create additional space in areas of high footfall.

"Across Cornwall this is happening in towns like Truro, Falmouth, Newquay and others – and many of these towns have wider streets."

St Ives Town Council

You can find more information here.

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