More pedestrianised areas and one-way routes could be coming to Lichfield city centre

The Friarsgate development could see the introduction of more one way routes through Lichfield city centre.

Lichfield District Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) – which will be discussed at a scrutiny meeting next week – highlights the impact the development is likely to have on the area.

It suggests that traffic could also be barred from parts of the city centre to improve safety.

“There are aspirations to expand the pedestrianised areas in the city and proposals to change St John Street to one-way towards the A5127 – with buses remaining two way,” the IDP says.

“Variable message signs are also proposed to improve the flow of traffic around the city and to car parks.”

The report highlights the impact of a new retail area and office space will have on surrounding roads and junctions.

“Developers of Friarsgate will be required to contribute towards transport mitigation along the A5127,” the document adds. “This includes urban traffic control and modifications to Birmingham Road/Rotten Row, Birmingham Road/St John Street, and Gresley Row/Tamworth Street junctions to improve safety and capacity where appropriate.

“Evidence from traffic modelling work also suggests that capacity improvements may be required at the Friary/A51/A5127/Sainte Foy Avenue junction.”

The report – which is still to be formally approved by councillors – also outlines plans for a new lay-by on the Birmingham Road to help aid bus services in the new-look city centre.

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2 Comments

  1. Thornton

    18th September, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I hope they don’t over think this as Lichfield is such a small City, there really isn’t that much traffic and making lots of changes like this could ruin access into the centre.

    I would agree however to simply ban cars from entering Conduit street after certain times as there is simply no need for vehicles to disrupt peoples use of Market square constantly so that they can get from one end of town to the other or park right outside HSBC. I’m all for disabled parking but surely this is dangerous and not the best solution.

  2. Atilla the Nun

    23rd September, 2015 at 10:27 am

    It’s so nice when the town centre is ‘properly’ closed to traffic from Tamworth Street onwards, especially for events like the Food Festival. I agree with Thornton that we should support the idea of making the city centre 100% pedestrianised.