One-way High Street plan in Oakham High Street is back on the table
A ONE-WAY system for traffic in Oakham High Street is back on the agenda as plans to revamp the west end of town take shape.
At a breakfast meeting on Tuesday, members of Oakham Town Partnership and representatives from Rutland County Council talked to traders about plans to improve Melton Road from the Wilkinson store to the level crossing.
A one-way system in High Street was first suggested after the bypass opened in 2007.
Now Oakham Town Partnership wants to press ahead with the idea and is working with the county council.
Chairman of the partnership and Oakham mayor Alf Dewis said: “The west end redevelopment is really down to the county council. We are looking for a one-way system from the library to the railway crossing.
“Sustainable transport is also playing a big part in the plans. A lot is dependent on funding at the moment.”
The one-way system would mean traffic would travel along High Street from the library to the railway crossing in Melton Road.
It would loop around to a new traffic island at the top of Lands’ End Way then back over the crossing to Station Road and Burley Road back to the library.
Traffic turning out of Cold Overton Road would also be diverted to the new traffic island in Lands’ End Way.
The pavements in High Street would be widened and parking spaces would be reviewed.
A spokesman for the council said: “The council has been working closely with Oakham Town Partnership in recent years in developing a long-term plan for the town centre.
“This work is still ongoing and it’s hoped consultation with the local community, on ideas such as a one-way system and other improvements, could take place within the next 12 months.
“Much depends on the availability of funding, in particular developer contributions and Government grants, which during these uncertain times is not guaranteed.”
The council is waiting on the outcome of a £4.8m Sustainable Transport Bid from the Goverment.
The council would use the cash for a free tourist bus from Rutland Water to Uppingham and Oakham, to improve footfall in the town centres, cycle routes and a transport hub near Oakham railway station where people can catch buses, trains or park their bicycles.
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