Temporary 20mph zone for Alnwick town centre - these are the streets covered by restrictions

A temporary 20mph zone is being introduced in Alnwick town centre from next week to make social distancing easier for pedestrians.

By Ben O'Connell
Saturday, 17th October 2020, 6:00 am
Temporary 20mph restrictions come into force in Alnwick from Monday October 19.
Temporary 20mph restrictions come into force in Alnwick from Monday October 19.

The new limits come into effect on Monday, October 19, following a request by Alnwick Town Council and the town’s county councillor, Gordon Castle.

Northumberland County Council said that the aim is to improve conditions for pedestrians by slowing traffic, making it safer and easier to socially distance during the pandemic. The speed restriction will also make it safer for cyclists.

The new limit will cover the main town centre shopping area, from the Bondgate Tower through to the bus station and the Alnwick Castle barbican.

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The streets covered are Bondgate Within, Narrowgate, Market Street, Market Place, part of Clayport Street, Fenkle Street and Pottergate.

Cllr Castle said: “While compliance with 20mph limits is often difficult to achieve and there are places where I would not agree to them, there is evidence that on the right roads they can modify driver behaviour for the better.

“The introduction of a temporary 20mph zone will help to make Alnwick town centre more pedestrian-friendly during the present pandemic and make it easier for shoppers and visitors to practice social distancing, which often sees pedestrians trying to share road space with vehicles.

“I hope that this will improve the experience for pedestrians and cyclists and that responsible drivers will support the scheme.”

Mayor of Alnwick, Lynda Wearn, added: “This is very good news for the town.

“For some time now, we have been working with Northumberland County Council to ensure our town centre is as accessible and safe as it can be during this pandemic.

“The new speed limits will provide additional safety for pedestrians, ensuring Alnwick continues to be a popular destination for residents and visitors alike.”

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