Bridgend centre traffic plan to boost trade and access
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.
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."
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.