One way system for Castle Street

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ANGUS Council has agreed to introduce a one way system on Forfar’s Castle Street to alleviate congestion on the busy route.

Taking into account feedback from a consultation exercise held in the town last year, the council will now implement a one way system southward from Canmore Street to Myre Road.

A meeting of the council’s Infrastructure services committee last week heard that a temporary one way system was used during the environmental improvement works to Forfar town centre during 2009.

This proved successful in improving traffic flow in the centre of the town and the council decided to seek views on making the one way system permanent.

Following the public consultation, which generated a favourable response to the plans, the council instigated the necessary traffic order to promote the scheme which has now been approved by committee.

Committee convener, Councillor David May, said: “I welcome the decision to adopt a one-way system on this stretch of Castle Street, which will alleviate congestion on this main route and improve Forfar town for traders, shoppers and motorists.

“The majority of those who responded to the public consultation were in favour of a one way south-bound traffic system between Canmore Street and Myre Road and I am pleased the council has listened to this feedback in delivering this proposal.”

The committee heard that the traffic order had prompted one objection on the grounds ofr the impact the new system would have on cyclists and other non-motorists.

However, a report before committee explained that the extent of the one way system will allow cyclists and other road users to use Queen Street and Canmore Street as a nearby alternative route to the affected length of Castle Street.

The new system will also allow possible future footway widening in Castle Street to benefit pedestrians.