Friday, June 14, 2024

Newbury Town Centre resumes 10am – 5pm pedestrianisation hours

The West Berkshire Council Traffic and Road Safety Team has confirmed that Newbury Town Centre will revert to 10 AM to 5 PM pedestrianisation hours from 5 PM on Monday 7th September.

Around the clock pedestrianisation was introduced as part of a range of measure to support local economy as shops began to reopen in June. 

According to the council, it helped to support outdoor eating space and provide a boost to shopper’s confidence to return to the high street by ensuring that West Berkshire was safely open for business. 

The council said that it also helped allow social distancing measures to be introduced in a safe, traffic free environment and assisted with the reopening of the town centre. 

Councillor Richard Somner, West Berkshire Council’s Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said:

“Round the clock pedestrianisation was a really helpful measure to enable Newbury Town Centre to re-open safely.  “However, as we move further forward with the recovery and as schools return, we can return the pedestrianisation to the normal time of 10am to 5pm to ease pressure on local roads.”