South East Wales

Bridgend centre traffic plan to boost trade and access

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Media captionBridgend council's cabinet member for regeneration, Charles Smith, said the planned changes would improve access, while shoppers gave their views on the proposals

Traffic could be reintroduced to pedestrianised areas of Bridgend town centre to provide better access and boost trade.

The council wants to reopen Queen Street, Dunraven Place and Market Street to increase footfall.

It is also hoped the planned changes will improve car access to the town for people with mobility problems.

Traders have long called for the move which they say will draw in more shoppers.

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Image caption The arrows show the direction in which traffic could travel through the town

Under the plan, a 20mph speed limit would be brought in and two pedestrian crossings would be created.

Adare Street and Caroline Street would remain pedestrian-only zones.

Michele Chambers, 61, who runs a stall at Bridgend indoor market, welcomed the move.

"It will be amazing. The fact people could drive into the town centre, can do banking, go to the post office, will be great," she said.

"It will boost trade by bringing more people in."

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Image caption Cars have not been allowed to drive down Dunraven Place since 2004

If the roads were to be reopened, the council said there could be an increased risk to pedestrian safety.

Since the streets closed to traffic, the number of reported collisions have fallen from 13 between 2000 and 2004 to three between 2004 and 2014.

Bridgend council said the required road changes would cost between £500,000 and £900,000 to implement.

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Image caption Bollards currently prevent vehicle access to Queen Street

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