Further measures to help safe social distancing as shoppers return to the high street are scheduled for Romsey Town Centre, including closing The Hundred to through traffic during the week commencing Monday 29 June.
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said:
The idea behind these “pop up” schemes we’re putting in place is to support social distancing for those walking and cycling, giving people the confidence to return to the high street. The schemes are experimental, and of necessity, we’ve had to put them in quickly; if they’re not effective for whatever reason, they will come out just as quickly and we will then concentrate on other measures that are proving to be more effective In Romsey, The Hundred will be closed to vehicles to give more space for those walking, and we will be making a small change to the town centre by removing some of the one-way signs in Stirling Walk, which have not proved to be effective. The scheme will now focus on simply creating more space to allow people to spread out.
The Hundred will be closed to through traffic “Except for access” between Market Place and the vehicle access on the side of Superdrug. From this access to the junction of Latimer Street, the road will be fully closed to all vehicles. These measures will be in place during all times of the day.
This arrangement has been agreed with Test Valley Borough Council and has been proposed in order support local businesses by maintaining access to parking behind Superdrug as well as the few parking bays to the rear of the Barclays Bank in Corn Market. The scheme will be monitored after its implementation.
At the same time, some of the temporary one-way signs for pedestrians in Stirling Walk will be removed.
For more information about similar schemes across Hampshire visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/hantscovidtravel
Hampshire Covid Travel FAQs can also be found via the web pages: https://documents.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/Covid-FAQs.pdf