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Councillors back Broad Street pedestrianisation report

05/03/14

Aberdeen city councillors have unanimously agreed to press ahead with further investigations into pedestrianising Broad Street.

Today's Full Council meeting received an initial report on creating a Broad Street civic square, which assessed three options for the section of the street between Upperkirkgate and Queen Street – do nothing/do minimum; restricting vehicle access to buses and taxis access only; or full pedestrianisation.

Councillors called last June for council officers to look into options for the street, in light of the creation of the Marischal Square development on the site of the former St Nicholas House council HQ and to potentially create "a more user-friendly pedestrian environment to form a civic space on Broad Street".

The Full Council meeting supported that report's findings that full pedestrianisation from Upperkirkgate to Queen Street "best meets the objectives of this project and acknowledges that this option is reliant on additional traffic management measures".

Councillors instructed officers to report back within six month on details of a Traffic Regulation Order for the scheme and on detailed traffic modelling and air quality modelling. Officials will also investigate the feasibility of re-opening Castlegate and Queen Street to traffic and include their findings in the report, as well as taking account of maximising views of Provost Skene's House from Broad Street.

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Barney Crockett said: "This marks a significant step forward in the city's improvement. We have always promised that the Marischal Square development would include a modest civic square in the heart of the city centre and the report from our officers shows that pedestrianisation is the best option for achieving that."

The Broad Street pedestrianisation report is available on the Aberdeen City Council website.