Improving Pedestrian Safety In Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is installing permanent bollards in the town centre to combat the increasing problem of vehicles using pedestrianised sections and causing a danger to shoppers.
There will be 31 bollards installed in Market Square and Upper High Street over the next month to restrict access to goods delivery vehicles only, and at certain times of the day and week.
Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said, “Our Regeneration team have been working on developing a scheme to prevent the daily and prohibited vehicle movement on our pedestrianised High Street.
“Over the past month, there’s been an alarming increase in the number of vehicles accessing Market Square and Upper High Street. This has led to a higher incidence of pedestrian vehicular conflict and a major health and safety concern, which needs to be urgently addressed.
“An operational plan has been developed to ensure that the bollards function effectively on a daily basis and the appropriate access is provided/controlled.” Any unauthorised vehicles accessing these areas, or not manoeuvring in accordance with existing Traffic Orders, will be liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice.
“We’re confident that this scheme can give the Council control of our own High Street again and help to create a safer and more pleasant environment for its local residents and visitors.”