New moves to make Fareham more foot-friendly

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NEW measures have been brought into effect to help make Fareham town centre more pedestrian friendly.

Starting last week, cyclists have been banned from the West Street precinct area between 9am and 5pm.

Cyclists will now be able to use the West Street bus lane from High Street to Quay Street, and then to turn left into Quay Street.

Those caught breaking the law can be issued with fines.

And an experimental traffic regulation order which has been in force since March has put increased restrictions on vehicle movements through the precinct.

Vehicles are now only allowed into it for loading purposes between 6am and 9.30am and 4.30pm and 7pm.

A loophole created by changes in parking enforcement had meant they had been able to come and go without fear of fines.

Councillor Trevor Cartwright, who is in charge of public protection matters for Fareham Borough Council, said ‘The new restrictions have worked well, keeping the pedestrian area more free for the pedestrians themselves.

‘Although cycling restrictions have been introduced in the pedestrian area, cyclists will now be permitted to ride along the bus lane at all times, and after 5pm they will be permitted to cycle through the pedestrian zone.

‘They will also be able to cycle through the pedestrian zone before 9am, which will be particularly useful for commuters and for schoolchildren.

‘At busy shopping times of course it makes sense to keep the area free for pedestrians only.’

The council’s executive will consider whether to make the scheme permanent at its meeting in February next year. Any comments can be sent by email to parkingservices@fareham.gov.uk, or by letter to Parking Services Dept, Civic Buildings, Civic Way, Fareham, PO16 1AZ.