Halifax town centre: new safety measures

A number of changes are being made to the town centre, following the re-opening of non-essential shops and businesses on Monday 15 June.

These actions will make the town more pedestrian friendly, while allowing for safer queuing and make it easier for people to observe social distancing.

To complement the safety measures introduced by retailers, the Council is introducing temporary street closures and removing some on-street parking bays in areas of towns across the borough.

In Halifax, the bus stops and taxi rank on Market Street outside the market and Tesco will be moved. The taxi rank will be relocated to Westgate entrance of The Piece Hall and the bus stop relocated to in front of Princess Buildings at Northgate. On-street parking bays will also be out of action on Old Market, outside McDonald’s and Subway, allowing for increased room for pedestrians.

Existing pedestrian areas on Southgate, Corn Market, Russell Street, Crown Street and Cheapside will have loading time restrictions maintained, with the roads completely closed to vehicles between 10 am and 4pm, seven days a week.

All the changes are temporary, but will be in place until at least the end of July. The effectiveness of the measures will be regularly assessed and further schemes will follow where appropriate as the COVID-19 recovery process continues.

These changes are being lead by Halifax Business Improvement District (BID). BIDS are part of the government’s strategy to encourage stronger partnerships between local authorities and business.

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