THE MAJORITY of people in Forfar are pleased that Angus Council has decided that the one way system in Castle Street will remain following a consultation.
Angus Council has recommended that the new traffic flow, which has been on trail for a year, should stay in place indefinitely.
A total of 71 per cent of those who responded during the consultation were in favour of retaining the one way system. Twenty six per cent were opposed and three percent were indifferent.
Most of the people not in favour of keeping the system were in Canmore Street.
On our Facebook page, locals were keen to add their thoughts.
John-Paul Bell said: “It’s a perfectly good idea. Castle Street was a nightmare when it was two-way with idiotic parking etc.”
Eddie Anderson agreed with some reservations: “The one way system is okay now that everyone is used to it.
“There is still the problem of taxis u-turning rather than sticking to the same rules as every other road user.
“I have yet to see one being booked for this inconsiderate disregard for the safety of pedestrians trying to cross the road with taxis coming from all directions.”
Traffic surveys were also undertaken to guage the levels of traffic now using other streets instead of Castle Street and it has been found that there are few negative effects of the one-way system.
The average hourly flow of traffic on Castle Street has been reduced by 104 vehicles while there is an increased average of 71 vehicles per hour on Myre Road.
Traffic flow has also increased on Canmore Street by 45 vehicles an hour and Green Street with 26.
Manor Street’s traffic flow remains low with only an additonal three cars every hour.
Eric Lowson, director of infrastructure services, said: “The majority of displaced northbound Castle Street traffic is using Myre Road as an alternative route, with a smaller proportion using Queen Street or Canmore Street.
“Myre Road has been able to accommodate the additional traffic flow without adverse effect.
“Although the number of additional vehicles using Canmore Street is relatively low, its layout is not best suited to cater for through traffic with a sharp bend midway along its length, a lack of forward visibility as this bend and a lack of, or substandard footways, along its length.”
Mr Lowson continued: “Of the comments received from the consultation the main reasons in favour of retaining the one way system were that congestion in Castle Street has been reduced, it is safer and easier for pedestrians to cross Castle Street.
“The main reasons given for opposition were loss of trade by shops on Castle Street, increased traffic speeds and dispalced northbound traffic adjacent streets.”
The local authority is looking to give further consideration to the prevention or control of traffic using Canmore Street.
Options to increase parking and service provision and the possibility of widening the pavements in the street will also be explored.
However, one Dispatch and Herald reader thought that traffic should be removed from the town centre entirely.
David Allan said: “I know this isn’t a popular opinion but I would still maintain that the council should have pedestrianised the entire length of Castle Street and reclaimed it from the tyranny of the car culture.
“See Dundee and Perth city centres for good examples of how much more pleasant the shopping experience is after pedestrianisation.”