Petworth transport survey: Square option to ‘reverse priorities’

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The report highlights a lack of safe pedestrian crossing points in Market Square adding that car parking dominates the public space, detracts from the historic character and often acts as a physical barrier to movement.

It says buses and informal loading cause traffic blockages, poor signage and confusing highway arrangement result in conflicts and the presence of large HGV’s cause dangers to cars and pedestrians.”

The report has come up with three options for improvements. The first is to keep the existing highway layout, but remove parking, widen footways and introduce informal crossing points. It also suggests one-way traffic southbound.

Some car parking is moved to New Street.

A second option is to raise the carriageway to create a level surface defining the vehicle route, bus stop and loading areas.

All car parking would be removed leaving space for market, events and restaurants to ‘spill out into the square’.

A third option suggested is to: ‘create a shared space where priority of movement is deliberately blurred’. It would consist of strategically placed street furniture and ‘completely reverses the priority in the square’.

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