No change to traffic flow

High Street: Council proposals include retaining the current traffic flow in front of the town house and Old Kirk.
High Street: Council proposals include retaining the current traffic flow in front of the town house and Old Kirk.

Traffic flow around High Street and Hume Street is to remain unchanged following a recent public consultation by Angus Council.

In a report before councillors this week, communities director Alan McKeown said the only viable option to deal with queuing traffic at the High Street/Hume Street junction would be to close the street to traffic in front of the Old Kirk and town house.

Concerns about the junction, as well as the nearby zebra crossing on Hume Street and the Ball House car park exit, were raised during the town centre traffic management survey.

Mr McKeown said several options had been considered, including a mini roundabout or traffic lights, but the only suitable alternative had been closing the street to vehicles. The suggestion has been ruled out, however.

He said: “Given the level of objection already previously indicated towards this proposal in 2004 and 2006, this option has been discounted. Retention of the current traffic arrangement is considered the best option.”

Mr Keown added that two issues, raised by the street’s accident record, could be dealt with. Three injury accidents involved pedestrians crossing between parked cars from the street’s west side and he said the chances of further accidents could be reduced by closing the central reserve gap between Hume Street and New Wynd.

He also suggested that the double yellow lines at the John Street junction would improve sight lines for drivers turning right off the High Street, reducing the potential for collisions. Other proposals include the provision of cycle signing for the cycle route between Wharf Street and Basin View, upgrading signage and road markings on the Basin View/Rosehill Road cycle route and providing a service area on the east side of the High Street to relieve congestion caused by delivery vehicles off-loading in New Wynd.

The overall cost of the proposals, agreed this week by the council’s infrastructure services committee, has been estimated at £60,200.