Thursday 19 July 2012 6.55am
This isn't a comment either way on the tram idea, which seems a bit mad to me. However, I have noticed that people find a way around it when roads are cut off. When BHS was one way for instance, it was horrible at first, but in the end people found other ways around it. Of course, this isn't always in ways that we want, ie up side streets, but mainly I think people start avoiding areas and taking a different route.
I was thinking about York Road
and the Shell/Elizabeth House
developments. It was commented at one of the consultation meeting that it's a major thoroughfare. However we would find ways around it if it was closed, it would just take longer. I actually sat planning a route in my head during the meeting!
We really need to be (IMHO) braver on closing off roads, as it brings life to a street. Outside of London, councils regularly pedestrianise streets. I went to Leeds city centre recently after years and years and it was somewhat bizarre to walk down streets I used to drive down, but it had created this amazing shopping area. In fact, I couldn't believe the change in the area. It was winter but not that cold and the streets were full of people and it was a really good atmosphere. Apart from the binge drinking it could have been Spain (I know, I know - and the weather). Imagine if we had BHS as a wide promenade, it would bring the street alive.