Temporary traffic measures in Winchester to be amended to reduce congestion

A temporary lane closure in Winchester set up to facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic is to be altered in response to increasing traffic levels as more people return to their work places, school and college

Sep 9 2020

The section of the ‘pop up’ on Jewry Street outside Josie’s Café up to the traffic lights at the junction of North Walls and City Road will be removed by the end of this week.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “The aim of these temporary measures is to re-use road space in a way that makes it as easy as possible for people to maintain the social distance required to help stop the spread of Coronavirus while they’re out and about. We always said we would keep these temporary schemes under review, particularly those on busier routes. 
“With traffic now returning to pre-Covid levels, we will be making a change to the scheme in Jewry Street so that there will be two lanes for vehicles up to the traffic lights.
“This change will ease localised congestion while still retaining the ability for people to socially distance.”

Over 40 new temporary footpath and cycleway measures have been installed in Hampshire since June, providing people with the space to travel by bike or by foot while keeping a safe social distance.  Funding for all the measures was provided by the Government following a successful funding bid to the Department for Transport.

For more information visit the Hampshire COVID Travel web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/hantscovidtravel