04:40AM, Wednesday 18 January 2012
Work has started on a pilot scheme to pedestrianise the lower end of Peascod Street in Windsor.
But the controversial moving of the bus stop that has caused so much anger will not happen until the end of March - when it will move to Charles Street.
The work will take between eight and 10 weeks to complete.
Cllr Phill Bicknell, Royal Borough cabinet member for highways, transport and environment, said the pedestrianisation would last for a year before it was decided whether or not to make it permanent.
He said: “We appreciate this will mean changes to the bus stop which some people are not happy about. But the pilot gives us the chance to see how the Charles Street alternative arrangements work and then we can take an informed view about the overall success of the scheme."
Contractors Balfour Beatty moved onto the site today. Starting on Monday the south-bound lane will be closed and traffic diverted via the service road.
Residents’ parking bays will be suspended in the Charles Street service road – alternative free parking being provided in Victoria Street multi-storey car park. Residents will also be able to use their permits in adjacent parking zones.
The Peascod Street bus stop will remain in use until works are completed towards the end of March when it will move to Charles Street.
Cllr Bicknell said: “We appreciate there will be some unavoidable disruption over the next couple of months but our contractor will be working to keep this to the absolute minimum."
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