22 April 2024

Fisherton Street could be one way for a year

A one-way traffic system around the Fisherton Street Gateway project will be in place for around 12 months as work takes place.

Details of the project were revealed during a ‘Meet the Contractor’ event run by Milestone Infrastructure, the company responsible for the project.

The proposals aim to create safer pedestrian areas that provide better routes into the city centre from the train station and that part of the city.

Pavements will be widened, street furniture and trees added along with additional and improved lighting.

The one-way system will head into the city centre, with the only access to Fisherton Street via St Pauls roundabout and South Western Road. South Western Road will also have a one-way system in place for around two months.

Bus stops for outbound traffic will be relocated to the temporary routes busses will run over during this time.

Work is due to start at the end of this month and run through to ‘Summer 2024’.

Image: Wiltshire Council

The project, in its second phase, also sees an overhaul of the area outside the front of Salisbury’s train station. The forecourt will be remodelled to make it a more attractive and safer place for those on foot or bicycle.

Image: Wiltshire Council

Cllr Caroline Thomas, Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “One of our key priorities is to have vibrant, well-connected communities. We know that as people exit Salisbury Railway Station, their first impression of South Western Road and Fisherton Street is rather unwelcoming with narrow pavements and the area dominated by vehicles.

“These improvements will include widening pavements where we can, introducing new street lighting, enhancing landscaping, improving street furniture and wayfinding to make it easier for people to navigate their way through the city centre, and introducing continuous footpaths at junctions to provide level crossings and give pedestrians priority.

“Notwithstanding the benefits, we recognise the works will cause some disruption to local people and businesses. We would, therefore, encourage local people to attend this event to find out more at an early stage and to ask any questions they may have.”

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Andy Munns
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