Proposed one-way system could help boost Arbroath economy

TRAFFIC in Arbroath could soon be directed more efficiently to help the town’s economy if a new proposal goes ahead.

It has been suggested that East Grimsby become one-way to encourage visitors into the town centre who might otherwise be put off by the current confusing system.

The meeting of the infrastructure services committee recommended the East Grimsby and Burnside Drive junction be made one way with enhancements creating a ‘gateway’ effect with signposts and landscaping.

Councillor Alex King is keen for the two-way system to go, as it is a left-over from when the roads were originally laid out to serve traffic in the fit o’ the toon and the harbour.

He said: “I think it is an opportunity to look at that area of the town and see if there’s a better way of doing it.

“I don’t see any need to have two way traffic in that little bit in Ladybridge, and definitely not for two way traffic in East Grimsby. That whole area could be cleaned up.”

The car park at Ladybridge Street and Marketgate will also be re-purposed as a short-stay two hour maximum car park, with the addition of trees and decorative railings and pedestrian walkways to soften the appearance and make it more inviting to visitors.

With better access to the town centre and enhanced parking facilities for visitors Arbroath would hopefully see a continuation to the improvement of the local economy.

Councillor King added: “This will allow people to get into the town, spend some time there and spend their money there.

“We’ve come up with what is technically possible and what is reasonably possible and now we need to consult with the public on it.”