Pedes­trian-pri­or­ity city street to open soon

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCALNEWS - BY JON HEBDITCH

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

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