Work begins for one-way system

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THE long-awaited one-way traffic system in Castle Street will begin at the end of next month in a move which many hope will ease traffic congestion in the town centre.

Workmen moved in to Castle Street last week to prepare for the system which will begin on Monday, June 27.

Work is being done now to install poles and electrical cabling for the illuminated signage.

The signs will be installed in the next few weeks but will stay under wraps until the new system begins.

From June 27 southbound traffic in Castle Street will only be able to travel one-way between Canmore Street and Myre Road. This will help traffic to flow more freely on this narrow stretch of Castle Street and improve one of Forfar’s busiest shopping areas.

Motorists were introduced to a temporary one-way system when improvements work were being carried out at The Cross in 2009.

Many welcomed the change and called for the one-way system to become permanent.

Last January Angus Council agreed to introduce a one way system on Castle Street to alleviate congestion on the busy route after taking into account feedback from a consultation exercise held in the town.

Following the public consultation, which generated a favourable response to the plans, the council instigated the necessary traffic order to promote the scheme.

At the time councillor David May, convener of the council’s infrastructure services committee said: “I welcome the decision to adopt a one-way system on this stretch of Castle Street, which will alleviate congestion on this main route and improve Forfar town for traders, shoppers and motorists.

“The majority of those who responded to the public consultation were in favour of a one way south-bound traffic system between Canmore Street and Myre Road and I am pleased the council has listened to this feedback in delivering this proposal.”

The new system will also allow possible future footway widening in Castle Street to benefit pedestrians.