Improved access to Bangor High Street for blue badge holders

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New arrangements to strengthen the pedestrianised zone on Bangor High Street are working well, with restrictions meaning that vehicles are not able to enter between 10am and 4.30pm.

Bangor High Street
Gwyn Hughes, clerk of Bangor City Council; PCSO Dominique Roberts from North Wales Police; Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member; PC Lisa Thomas from North Wales Police; Councillor Jean Forsyth, Mayor of Bangor and blue badge holder, Roger Kelly.

This follows concerns raised by the High Street stake-holder steering group regarding the number of vehicles driving along the pedestrianised zone in the city centre.

Joint working between Gwynedd Council and North Wales Police have meant that vehicles are no longer allowed to enter the High Street between 10am and 4:30pm as part of the restrictions, with the exception of Blue Badge holders who are permitted to remain on the High Street until midday.

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member who leads on Transport matters said: “I am pleased that these common sense arrangements are now in place. Our aim in introducing the pedestrianized zone has been to encourage more residents to enjoy the vibrant and attractive space in the heart of Bangor city centre.

“The new arrangements mean that pedestrians can walk freely along Bangor’s main shopping destination, and in turn deliver a welcome boost for the Bangor High Street.

“We understand that concerns were raised by some Blue Badge holders that the changes would affect their ability to visit banks, the Post Office and shops during the day, and am therefore pleased that a sensible solution has been found which means that they can remain on the High Street for an additional two hours after the 10am restrictions are introduced.”

Inspector Brian Kearney from North Wales Police added: “North Wales Police welcome the introduction of bollards on Bangor High Street to ensure pedestrian safety at peak times following complaints. We will work closely with Gwynedd Council to ensure the effectiveness of the pedestrianized zone.”

Bollards have been installed on the Bangor High Street to ensure that vehicles respect the pedestrianised zone between 10am and 4.30pm.