Cardigan locals continue their pleads for road safety amid concerns for Cardigan’s High Street

By Bobby Kelly, Independent Journalist. Last edited 11:30pm 06/05/2021.

Locals turned out to protest at Bethania Baptist church in Cardigan today to raise their continued opposition to measures imposed under the ‘Safe Zones’ initiative introduced in 2020 under emergency powers used by Ceredigion County Council.

“…Buses, Lorries, just inches from the front of our home, we don’t think that’s safe” said Bridget Hiser, admin for the Facebook group ‘WE SAY NO TO CARDIGAN TOWN TRAFFIC DIVERSION’ , she added her fears over the High Street “there are other ways to keep people safe, please keep our High Street open”.

Mrs Edwards, a business woman in Cardigan for 55 years also raised her fears for local businesses, “I think it’s ridiculous what they’ve done… People come to Cardigan because they love the small businesses”, she added her concerns over safety “If anyone was knocked down who would be liable?”.

Phase 2a

“After Easter and before Mayday weekend work to introduce the traffic changes will commence. Morgan Street and The Strand will remain as a one way system during Phase 2a but work to be able to implement in the future, if necessary, will continue. This will include reversing the one way flow along St Mary Street and introducing one way flow from the High Street along College Row. Pwllhai will be closed between the Vets and High Street to allow trading and improve pedestrian safety along Pwllhai and in High Street.

The widened footpaths will be brought level with the adjacent footways and any baulks replaced with reflective bollards. Any additional trading area will be considered and included.

All bus services into Cardigan will be directed to the bus stop near Guild Hall removing the need for buses to drive along Quay Street or High Street.

An increase of traffic along Priory Street and Quay Street will occur with the closure of High Street. To reduce the potential congestion and to de-incentivise the route through High Street/Quay Street, changes to the routeing of traffic and improving flow out of Priory Street will be necessary with an improved priority at the junction opposite Guild Hall. Currently the Priory St junction is difficult and visibility is restricted and to facilitate a smooth and unfettered traffic flow from Priory Street into Pendre is required. This will be achieved by removing through access from High Street into Pendre and creating a new pedestrian square. Any traffic flowing along High Street will need to turn down College Row. Access to Pendre will only be via Priory Street.

During the Safe Zone times (12:00 – 16:00) High Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic with the following exceptions

  • Blue Badge holders

  • Emergency Services

  • Business deliveries

Phase 2b

To further reduce the traffic through Quay Street and allow an alternative route towards Pendre, Morgan St and Strand will be made two way.

The junction at the Castle opposite Cardigan Bridge will also need to be re-prioritised to accommodate two way flow. A new mini roundabout will replace the existing road markings and signs erected to show the new through route.

Access along Grosvenor Hill and into Quay Street will be controlled under an access only Order. The junction at the Castle opposite Cardigan Bridge will also need to be re-prioritised to accommodate two way flow. A new mini roundabout will replace the existing road markings and signs erected to show the new through route. An operative will be available at the new mini roundabout near Cardigan Bridge to assist with directions and information about the Safe Zones and to keep traffic flowing.

During the Safe Zone times (12:00 – 16:00) High Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic with the following exceptions

  • Blue Badge holders

  • Emergency Services

  • Business deliveries

A second marshall stationed in the same place as last year near Shire Hall will operate the barrier and assist those vehicles needing access to the High Street.

Access into High Street along St Mary Street will not be permitted during the Safe Zone operation with a barrier being placed at the junction with Chancery.”

https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/safezones

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