Market Street is reopen to traffic

Market Street, Chorley.
Market Street, Chorley.
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Chorley town centre’s Market Street will reopen to traffic next month.

The 12-month trial scheme will also provide 26 new parking spaces.

Chorley Council says it will help boost part of Market Street and the town centre in general - and that it has listened to people’s views.

The existing Market Street gates will be left open 24 hours a day to allow permanent access to one-way traffic only, in the direction of town hall down to the Big Lamp.

The 26 parking spaces will be short-stay, free for 30 minutes, with three designated loading and disabled bays parallel to the kerb.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council said: “This scheme will help revitalise the top end of Market Street and Chorley town centre and we are confident that the additional free short stay car parking spaces will attract more shoppers and boost trade in the area.

“It’s something we promised to get done after listening to the views of local people and traders and in effect it will be like a car park that people can drive through and the traffic calming measures will mean people can’t use it as a shortcut through town.

“The idea is people will be able to park up close to the shops pop into town to get what they want and we hope this will attract more people to do their shopping here.

“In order to reduce disruption and inconvenience to businesses while the work is being carried out, it will be done on different stretches of the road at different times.”

Work will start on Monday take around four weeks. Other improvements being made include, raised pedestrian crossing points at High Street and Fazakerley Street and a zebra crossing at Chapel Street.

Residents’ comments and opinions are invited.

Ring 01257 515151 or email contact@chorley.gov.uk.