Douglas Street one-way traffic system dismissed

Douglas Street one-way traffic system dismissed

Proposals to make Douglas Street a one-way system have been dismissed amid fears it would result in increased speed and traffic volumes on the street.

PROPOSALS to introduce a one-way system on Douglas Street have been dismissed by officials at City Hall amid fears that it would result in increased speed and traffic volumes on the narrow street.

A study into the matter concluded that it would result in ‘a less friendly environment’ for pedestrians and could negatively impact businesses when it comes to deliveries and collections too.

A study into traffic flows on the street, between January 19 and February 16, showed that the vast majority of traffic moves eastbound on the narrow street, which includes a large number of bars, restaurants and other businesses.

It noted that the majority of vehicles currently move within the 50kph speed limit in place on the street, with the introduction of one-way systems often resulting in increased speeds due to a lack of traffic coming against vehicles.

A report issued to councillors noted that additional traffic would be attracted ‘as motorists will become aware of its attractiveness in that direction’ which would result in ‘a less friendly environment for pedestrians because of the increased speeds.’

The study also noted that displaced vehicles could cause issues on adjacent streets if moved.

It said: “If westbound traffic is prohibited along the length of the street, then the alternate access for the majority of the traffic will be via Sawmill Street or South Terrace and onto White Street, Rutland Street, Mary Street, Dunbar Street, etc.

“This will increase traffic flows along these streets. Alternatively, traffic coming from the southside is likely to use Evergreen Street, a section of which is extremely narrow and difficult to access for larger vehicles.”

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