Petworth transport survey: Public space proposed in new ‘Angel Square’

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The Baxter draft report proposes a series of gateways on the main approaches to Petworth to signify entry into the town and slow down the traffic.

In addition the report suggests at the ‘town centre thresholds’, junctions are improved by widening footways and creating more active pedestrian spaces.

The Baxter report gives the creation of Angel Square as an example.

“it is proposed that a new space is defined on Angel Street around the A=Sacred Heart Church and the Angel Inn’.

“A level surface or shared space signals to vehicles that they are entering the town centre, slowing speeds, creating a more pleasant pedestrian environment and easier crossing on boot between the parking areas and the inn and the church.”

Between the new space and the crossroads with East Street it is proposed to widen the northern footway and narrow the carriageway with a priority passing pace for further show traffic.

The report suggests traffic calming measures at particular pinch points - such as priority passing places - to slow traffic and accommodate widened footways.

And in addition a series of environmental improvements are suggested on the links into town, such as tree planting and lighting and a new shared foot and cycle path parallel to North Street to better connect Hampers Green to the town centre.

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