Highways chiefs say temporary improvements in Lichfield will make it easier for walking, cycling and social distancing.

The section of Greenhill where temporary pavement widening will take place. Picture: Google Streetview

Work is set to begin this month on widening of the footpath on Greenhill between the George Lane junction and Greenhill Mews, along with widening of the path on Conduit Street.

There will also be an extension of the 20mph zone along St John’s Street and The Friary, along with the widening of pavements and alterations to street furniture.

Cllr David Williams, cabinet member for highways and transport at Staffordshire County Council, said:

“In the short term these temporary improvements will make it easier for people to get around safely to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

“But, longer term it will all help to improve people’s health and wellbeing, combat climate change, reduce air pollution and improve people’s access to jobs and education.

“More people have been walking or cycling as a result of the coronavirus crisis and we want to see this continue as life starts to get back to normal.

“These temporary improvements, along with future schemes outlined in our local plan to improve sustainable transport will all help build on this success.”

Cllr David Williams, Staffordshire County Council

The measures are the latest step to improve social distancing in the city centre.

Lichfield District Council has previously made the decision to suspend all on-street city centre disabled parking bays until October.


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  1. The council restrict parking for disabled people.
    Move them to the B&M car park.
    Move more the cars from the B&M car park to the car parks by Argos and Lee Garden.
    Make an already frustrating junction and sets of traffic lights even busier.
    Restrict the flow of traffic even more by widening pavement.
    Then wonder why people are complaining and people are not visiting Lichfield.

  2. Not just visitors Steve – residents living on that side of town will now be making greater use of Gaia Lane getting to and from their homes – more hysterical lunacy!

  3. It’s hard to get excited about “temporary pavement widening,” real tangible change to promote cycling is the way forward – how many times do reviews into city centre and wider areas have to say that the way to promote and improve cycling safety is to have separation of cyclist and vehicular traffic, before action is taken?

    The government and councils and procrastinated on this for far too long.

  4. If they are only “temporary improvements” please explain how “longer term it will all help to improve people’s health and wellbeing, combat climate change, reduce air pollution and improve people’s access to jobs and education.”? This is a sincere question to Councillor Williams as his comments seem contradictory.

  5. Lichfield Council receives a lot of flak as an organisation mired in bureaucracy but they are to be congratulated on making some pavement café space on Bore Street. Hopefully this trend towards making Lichfield a more attractive and welcoming place to be will help address the current challenges faced by the High Street. Perhaps we may even see the pedestrianisation of Lichfield city centre, bringing Lichfield in line with similar towns and cities.

  6. @Bristol St Motors – Walk down the Abnalls. The road is closed and completely blocked off by rubble right now due to a rock-slip, so no vehicles can travel down it.

    Sadly I agree about the alternative, which is to talk on the A5190 verge (no footpath for most of it).

    Another option is to walk to Pipe Hall Farm, then up and over the hill, via Grange Lane and then head towards Leomansley Woods. You pop out by Waitrose / The Three Tuns, then it’s a safe walk into Lichfield from there. Plus it’s proper gorgeous on a day like today.

  7. A great pity to restrict Disabled parking in the City centre as it needs to be where Disabled people want to go. I respectfully suggest unless you have difficulty in walking then you are unaware of the problems of trying to walk any distance at all. Parking by the bank is a gift.

  8. The Abnalls is closed to vehicles after residents some years ago petioned staffs cc to ban access as it was becoming a rat run. Basically getting themselves a private road Although some people do risk it. Perhaps the rubble is a man made blockage!

  9. Well said Darryl, a considered and joined up approach is needed to provide adequate paths for cyclists. There are plenty of places where this could be done, with shared use of wide pavements and using some of the unused space on verges. A cycle path to Burntwood would be a start. What about a cycle path to Burton alongside the A38? Cycle lanes up to now have been in bits and bobs. I would rather use a cycle lane than annoy motorists, but we just don’t have that option in most places. Please do it properly and take advantage of this golden opportunity to improve people’s health and help the environment.

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