Stoke & Staffordshire

Longton town centre to be made pedestrian friendly

A Stoke-on-Trent town centre is to be pedestrianised to create a "shopping friendly" atmosphere.

On 21 April a six-month partial pedestrianisation trial will start in Longton town centre.

The scheme will see traffic, with the exception of buses, diverted away from The Strand between 1000 BST and 1600 BST every day.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council said it was designed to create a safer shopping environment in the town centre.

'Pedestrian friendly atmosphere'

Pete Price, Stoke-on-Trent City Council assistant director of technical services, said: "Longton is an historic market town and we are currently looking at ways of rejuvenating the town centre to create more footfall and bring new businesses to the centre.

"Over the next six months traffic with the exception of buses will be diverted away from The Strand during the day to create a more pedestrian friendly atmosphere."

He added the scheme was subject to continuing monitoring and evaluation to assess the suitability and plausibility of it becoming permanent.

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