Are naked streets the way forward for centre of Alnwick?

Alnwick town centre
Alnwick town centre

A north Northumberland man has welcomed proposals for a 20mph zone in the centre of Alnwick, but has suggested an even-more radical approach.

Ian Graham, from Belford, contacted the Gazette to say he was delighted to learn of the idea, by Alnwick Chamber of Trade, Alnwick Civic Society and Alnwick Tourism Association, to make the town’s core streets bordering the Market Square, Bondgate, Narrowgate, Fenkle Street and Market Street safer and more pedestrian-friendly by adopting a maximum vehicle speed limit of 20mph.

He added: “The environment within Alnwick’s central area would be even further enhanced by adopting the more radical concept of naked streets, developed by the Dutch traffic engineer Hans Monderman.

“His proposal removes traffic lights, crossings, lane markings and kerbstones so that motorists, cyclists and pedestrians negotiate their way at slow speed by interacting with one another in a shared space. The pedestrian has right of way over vehicles.”

A Gazette survey shows that 58 per cent are opposed to the 20mph zone.