Pedestrian-priority city street to open soon
Broad Street will be open to the public on August 1, council chiefs announced last night.
The £3.2 million partial pedestrianisation project, which will leave the road only open to buses and bikes, has suffered numerous delays and was first scheduled for completion in October last year.
New signs going up on Upperkirkgate and the Gallowgate will remind motorists that those streets are normal roads and vehicles are not allowed to stop and drop people off.
Council culture spokeswoman Marie Boulton said: “It’s fantastic the new pedestrian-priority area in the city centre is to be open soon.
“The area will make the east end of the city centre more attractive to visit and live, alongside the new facilities in Marischal Square, the redeveloped Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall with new roof-top café and galleries, revamped Union Terrace Gardens and landscaping at Schoolhill in front of the gallery.”
The traffic lights at Upper kirk gate and Gallowgate are to be removed and replaced with a shared surface for vehicles and a roundel – a mini-roundabout where pedestrians are given priority.
There will be a toucan crossing at the Union Street end. The ‘road’ and ‘pavement’ areas on Broad Street will be markedout by different-coloured stonework and tactile areas.
Familiarisation work is to be carried out before the road opens with First Aberdeen, Stagecoach and the Disability Equity Partnership.
George Street and Harbour SNP councillor Michael Hutchison said: “I’m hopeful that this latest completion date will actually be met given the work that’s ongoing.
“I think it will be a welcomed boost to the local businesses and I hope that they are able to pick up again.”
“Will leave the road only open to buses and bikes”
Broad Street closed for the pedestrianisation project