The changes will:
- Create a simplified city centre layout;
- Make the key traffic movement from Anchor Road/Park Street to Baldwin Street more direct;
- Reduce the overall number of traffic movements through the centre, enabling it to draw traffic from other congested routes when necessary, relieving pressure on the city network;
- Divert through-traffic to more suitable routes;
- Create simplified, largely segregated routes for buses, pedestrians and cyclists.
The opening of the new link road means that some current traffic movements within the city centre will be restricted. These movements are:
- The right turn (northbound) from Baldwin Street to Lewins Mead;
- The left turn (southbound) from Rupert Street to Baldwin Street.
Drivers that currently make these movements will need to find an alternative route. There are a number of alternative routes available, including Temple Way, The Pithay, Union Street, Broad Weir/Newgate and Fairfax Street
The current city centre layout with the scissors junction and circulatory system can lead to excessive congestion. The city centre is prone to locking up when incidents occur or traffic volumes become heavy. Traffic problems in city centre can have a major impact on other parts of the city and can lead to widespread congestion.
Baldwin Street will be closed to traffic from 7am to 5pm on Sunday 2 April for the switch over. Diversion routes will be signposted.