Summary of pedestrianisation scheme
We want Braintree town centre to be a more attractive and accessible area that contributes to the attraction of the town centre whilst striking a better balance between the needs of different users of the space. That's why we are planning to pedestrianise part of the town centre, meaning that vehicle access will be restricted for most of the town centre which extends from the top of the High Street (near Sandpit Lane) through to Great Square and into a larger open space at Market Place.
The ambition is to create a safe, flexible and social space which can be adapted and used to host community events, markets and social activities. These attractions will draw people in and keep them entertained for longer generating more trade for shops, restaurants and other local businesses. It will also mean much-needed improvements to the condition of the current road and pavements.
The scheme was given the green light at our meeting of Cabinet on Wednesday 18th December, including proposed plans to create a contraflow bus and cycle lane along Fairfield Road to facilitate the removal of buses from the pedestrianised roads, as well as works to facilitate new disabled bays and permit parking around the town including Bank Street and St Michael's Lane.
It will mean an investment of over £2.5 million which will transform the character, atmosphere and appearance of the town centre. Investment of £750,000 has been promised from both Braintree District Council and Essex County Council to contribute to the project. We have recently just had the announcement from the Department of Transport where they will be funding £1million towards the scheme. You can read more about this in our news section.
You can download a PDF map of the areas that will be pedestrianised.
This scheme comes after 76% of residents and businesses (out of a total of 1,584) showed support for the project. Those in favour felt that making the streets exclusive to pedestrians would improve the public space, make it safer and encourage retail and event opportunities. You can find out more details on the results of 2018's consultation webpage.
We also held a second round of consultation which gave you the opportunity to shape what the pedestrianised areas could look like. The top things people felt were key to the town centre regeneration were trees, CCTV, planting, Wi-Fi and water features. The top ranked events people said they want to see were music, seasonal and family themed. You can view the full results on our website.
What are the next steps?
We are currently working up final design concepts taking board comments from the consultation. The first phase of the construction work is expected to start at Fairfield Road and Bank Street in mid-April 2020. A full schedule of works and oher arrangements planned for the removal of buses and disabled parking will be communicated and available on this webpage once confirmed.
How can I keep up to date?
We will be issuing regular email newsletters to update you as the project moves forward, as well as updates on the Manor Street regeneration project where work is already underway. You can sign up for free via this link.