Pedestrianising Knowle and one-way ruled out - but 20mph comes in - The Solihull Observer

Pedestrianising Knowle and one-way ruled out - but 20mph comes in

PEDESTRIANISING In Knowle with one-way systems has been ruled out after public opposition.

Solihull councillors said the views of people in the village had been heard.

There will be some new 20mph speed restrictions.

A Solihull Council spokesperson said: “Following on from the Government’s announcement to provide a funding opportunity to introduce temporary measures to help support Active Travel, Solihull Council has spoken to Local Ward Members, representatives from Knowle Society and Visit Knowle, to consider what is currently appropriate for Knowle, to support economic recovery during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Whilst options to pedestrianise, introduce one-way traffic systems or shuttle two-way working were considered, the consensus from the initial conversation was that no changes will be introduced.

“It was also agreed that any future proposals for schemes would be subject to full public consultation before any decision would be made.”

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Highways, said: “Due to the current light traffic conditions, we will take the opportunity to replace the street lighting system and provide new LED energy efficient technology.

“This work will require temporary two-way working controlled by temporary traffic signals, which is expected to help reduce traffic speeds whilst the work takes place.

“One minor temporary change was supported and will be introduced as soon as possible. The introduction of a 20 mph speed limit along the High Street, Lodge Road and part of Station Road.

“This is to help make drivers aware of the need to travel at lower speeds due to the increased risk of more pedestrians and cyclists using the roads around the village.

“In addition to these roadworks, the Council, in partnership with Visit Knowle, will be providing support to local retailers and businesses to help them re-open to the public safely from the 15 June.

“nformation signs to remind people about the need to follow the Government’s latest social distancing advice will also be provided around the village.”

“With regard to the Village car parks, these will remain free of charge for all customers. We will review this on the 23 June 2020.

“In the meantime, we trust everyone will Stay Alert, Control the Virus and help Save Lives.


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