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West Bridgford Central Avenue pedestrianisation to be revisited in feasibility study

Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council are set to review a feasibility study exploring how best to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists on Central Avenue in West Bridgford.

The study also explores opportunities to improve the appearance of the thoroughfare making it more attractive for visitors and shoppers, including new street art, a review of existing street furniture, cycle parking, signage and waste facilities and existing vehicle restrictions on the road.

A report to recommend improvements from the study is now to be analysed in more detail in the future and both authorities will explore funding opportunities to implement any plans and develop further consultation.

The authorities jointly commissioned the study last year to take into account the initial views of all affected users and stakeholders, including the local public, and this followed a desire among local businesses to create a pedestrian-based heart in the town centre.

It built on a survey completed by Central West Bridgford Community Association in 2021 that showed positive support for the ideas.

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Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Simon Robinson said:

“This project is continuing in line with West Bridgford Growth Board meetings to date and previous work with the West Bridgford Commissioners that referenced a desire to create a more pedestrian-friendly town centre.

“There remains the ambition to explore these changes and opportunities for enhancing West Bridgford town centre as its high streets evolve and complements the Borough Council’s current work supporting businesses in the town and across Rushcliffe including the new digital high street project.

“There is still a consensus of support from local businesses for its potential and the study outcomes will be looked at in more depth. We will be ready to work with the County Council, businesses and all parties on the options in front of us.”

•  November 2020: 72% in favour of Central Avenue pedestrianisation as transport survey results in

•  September 2021: £80,000 study for West Bridgford’s Central Avenue pedestrianisation scheme to be decided on by end of 2021

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