Traffic restrictions to be lifted in town centre

Two-way traffic is to return to Red Lion Street, in Aylsham, after council bosses agreed to revoke an order introduced last year.

It means buses will also be able to return to the street for the first time since the new traffic regulation order (TRO) was put in place last June as part of Broadland District Council’s Confidence in the High Street scheme.

The access only restrictions placed on Oakfield Road as part of the TRO will also be lifted.

The changes are due to take place by late Wednesday or early Thursday of this week, but motorists have been warned that the existing restrictions remain in force until this point.

Last year’s changes have split opinion in the area and, writing in the last edition of Just Aylsham, the town council explained it had asked Broadland District Council to revoke the TRO.

The town council said: “The changes to the roads made in June have had a mixed reception, with many people not understanding that the changes were made for the benefit of pedestrians.

“However, the knock-on effects of the removal of the buses, additional traffic on Oakfield Road and Petersons Lane and effectively cutting the town in two do now have to be fully addressed.” 

Broadland District Council confirmed the TRO would be revoked and that discussions would continue about traffic management in Aylsham.

A spokesperson said: “We are reviewing and considering the feedback we’ve received about the temporary arrangements introduced in Aylsham.

“We are working with Aylsham Town Council to consider a number of options to help us understand what might be the best way forward for the town in the longer term.

“As part of working together with the town council, we want to alleviate concerns expressed by some residents at present about the temporary arrangements, which will allow us adequate time to consider and consult with key stakeholders and residents on any permanent future arrangements.”

Aylsham Town Council clerk Sue Lake said the plant holders placed along Red Lion Street would be removed before the TRO was lifted.

In terms of the longer-term future of the town’s road system, the clerk said: “We are looking to set up a committee to discuss traffic management throughout the town.”

She added that the council wanted the committee to involve councillors and non-councillors and it would be asked to try to come up with a “once-and-for-all solution” for the town.

Buses are expected to return to Red Lion Street from Monday of next week.

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