Bristol

Bristol shopping centre car ban made permanent

Two streets in Bristol's shopping centre are to be permanently made pedestrian-only following a trial.

Horsefair and Penn Street, running through the Broadmead and Cabot Circus shopping areas, are closed to private motorised vehicles.

Cabot Circus bosses believe the move will improve safety for pedestrians moving between there and Broadmead.

John Hirst, from Destination Bristol, said there was "a real desire" to move towards pedestrianisation.

'First stage'

"We want to make it a nicer place to be, to have a good shopping experience and make it safer as well," Mr Hirst said.

Taxis, buses and delivery vehicles will still be allowed to use the roads but Mr Hirst said he eventually only wanted buses using the two roads.

"The current arrangement isn't where we want to be - this is just a first stage.

"We want to get it down to possibly just buses only with some provision for disabled people."

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