Improvement in the pedestrian environment in Watlington
Social distancing has highlighted the deficiencies in the roadside footpaths in central Watlington. There is little that can be done in Couching Street and Shirburn Street to provide safer sidewalks because of the narrowness of the road and the volume of traffic they carry. High Street is however different. The issues here are:
We want to reclaim High Street for residents and visitors to the town and to make it an even more attractive place to visit. Several more or less ambitious schemes have been considered but we are starting at the less ambitious end of the scale, with the hope that we can get this in place quickly. Whether we then build on that in the future will depend on the response to it.
The changes we are proposing are:
Traffic cones in the road (with indicative marks on the road to specify their position) will be used to provide additional footpath space on the northern side of the road in front of the shops where queuing is most frequent and the width of the road permits. At no point will this additional footpath reduce the carriageway width below 3.2 metres. (The carriageway at the Barley Mow pinch point is about this width, while it is over 4.5m near the shops.)
The three short term parking bays on the south side outside the butchers shop will designated as “Loading bays – Delivery and collection only”.
The restriction of the road to access use only will be signposted by simple A-frame type signs at the two eastern entrances to the road. Suggested wording is “Pedestrians on Road - Deliveries and Access Only”.
All the changes will be introduced as a single TTO.
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