The next stage of the Arbroath A Place for Everyone project which aims to make the town more accessible for all users, launches with a ‘Street Trial’ of how the proposed changes could look and to monitor the impact of the those changes.
In 2019, the Scottish Government awarded Angus Council funding under the Sustrans Places for Everyone programme to design and develop an exemplary walking and cycling route in Arbroath. Accessible to all and connecting destinations throughout the town it will reconnect areas and facilities to create a seafront people want to use.
Consultants, Arcadis, have been appointed to progress the project aims to improve pedestrian and cycling provision, make better use of green spaces and develop links from the railway and bus station to the town centre. The main dual carriageway that runs through Arbroath will be redesigned to better use available road-space while keeping the traffic flowing.
The Street Trial, which will allow people to experience the reallocated space will run along the A92 Ladyloan to Burnside Drive, starting on Monday 14 June for four weeks. During that time some lanes will be restricted and signal timings altered to suit.
The Street Trial uses temporary traffic management (cones, bollards and signs) to reallocate some of the road space for pedestrians and cyclists to use and replicate the main changes that will be implemented when the scheme is constructed. There will be no permanent physical change to roundabouts and traffic signals for the trial, although the lanes will be restricted, and the signal timings altered to suit.
Angus Council Convener of Communities and Finance Cllr Mark Salmond said, “This project will ensure equality of access to our citizens through the creation of safe, attractive, healthier places and will help them to have the ability to enjoy walking, cycling and wheeling for everyday journeys.
“This Street Trial is an important aspect of the design journey which will enable us to monitor the impact to users of the proposed allocated space.
"I would encourage everyone to feedback their views, positive or negative on the four-week trial. These views will help the consultants in the design process and will shape the final design of the project."
The full plan and further details of the project can be found at https://shapingangus.co.uk/arbroath_places_for_everyone