Restrictions on road ‘will not be lifted’

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A GROUP of councillors trying to make a road which runs between the arc and the old Bury St Edmunds town centre safer for pedestrians has ruled out a total ban on vehicles.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Bury working party considered the option for St Andrew’s Street South at a workshop of businesses, police, taxi and bus drivers last week.

“Lifting the restrictions altogether was suggested but in truth it won’t happen. There were better options,” said chairman Cllr Robert Everitt.

He said the workshops were constructive – a final decision on the road is due next month.

“Whatever we do, unless we put barriers up, drivers and pedestrians will have to take responsibility for their own safety.

“There will be restrictions that will have to be adhered to. Shared space works on Angel Hill so why shouldn’t it work in St Andrew’s Street South,” Cllr Everitt said.

Council figures reveal approximately 69,000 drivers a year are using the road illegally – police issued just 12 penalty tickets to drivers caught illegally driving down the road last year and say they do not have the resources to man the street on a permanent basis.