All change on Wisbech Market Place where the one way system will be reversed after county council ‘learnt lessons and listened’

Time to go with the flow as new layout for Wisbech Market Place takes shape

Time to go with the flow as new layout for Wisbech Market Place takes shape - Credit: Archant

Changes to the traffic flows around Wisbech Market Place are under way after the county council “learnt lessons and listened”.

With an experimental traffic order concluding the council says a new order needs to be created.

Matthew Pickering, the county council’s project manager, said: “We have learnt lessons and listened to comments from local people and we are therefore making some changes.”

Biggest change will be the reversal of the one way system on the south side of the market place. This will now go from east to west.

“This change impacts the High Street which will now become a one way street, from north to south,” he said.

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Previously the High Street was two way, other than on market days when it became one way southbound. He said that hopefully this will be a lot less confusing and the simplified signing and lining will prevent some problems. Up until now people have been driving the wrong way and entering through ‘No Entry’ points.

Mr Pickering said that Little Church Street one way system is also reversing which will enable people to drive away from the Market Place when the bollards are raised. Otherwise motorists would have to ‘U’ turn to head back to Church Terrace.

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The second change is the creation of two new disabled bays and five new loading bays.

Mr Pickering said that changing the one way systems has created additional areas where new bays can be installed and not affect traffic flows or create obstructions. “We’ve also reviewed some of the old bays and managed to design in improvements,” he said. “We’ve extended the time of disabled bays from two hours to three. This will bring the bays in line with the blue badge scheme.”

The changes will be introduced from January 29.

“Our contractors will make every effort to keep noise and disruption to a minimum,” he said.

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