Pedestrianisation of Braintree Town Centre
Summary of 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.
You can view the artist impression of what the area will look like on our designs page.
It will mean an investment of over £2.5 million which will transform the character, atmosphere and appearance of the town centre.
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?
Construction work in the High Street has begun and will be developed in phases over the next few months.
High Street closure update
The closure of Braintree High Street to traffic will take place from Monday 21st September.
Works at Lower end of Bank Street
We have now started the construction work at the lower end of Bank Street.
A one-way pedestrian route around the fencing has been introduced so people can walk through this area of the town centre in the safest way possible. Please follow the signage that is on display for your safely as well as others. If 2m social distancing is not possible, remember to wear a face covering.
Changes to disabled parking
Great Square and Market Place will be closed to all traffic from this date. Please make use of the new parking bays at Bank Street (1 minute walk away) and George Yard Shopping Centre, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
Changes to bus stops
The two stops currently on the High Street will have the last bus departure on Sunday 20th September, and will then be re-located to stands at Manor Street from Monday 21st September.
Full details on the new arrangements can be found on our bus stop page.
Signage will be displayed in the town centre, at the disabled parking locations and bus stands to let regular users know of these changes.
Restricted Parking Zone
A new restricted Parking Zone has been introduced at Manor Street and Victoria Street where road users are only permitted to park where there is a designated bay. If there is no designated bay you should not park. A restricted Parking Zone does not have any double yellow lines within it which aims to improve the look and feel streets, in accordance with Traffic Signs and General Regulations and Directions.
Signage is displayed when people enter Manor Street and Victoria Street to advise of the changes.
How can I keep up to date?
We are 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.