Contested St John’s Road scheme goes into reverse


A CONTROVERSIAL pilot scheme to introduce a one-way system on St John’s Road has been turned on its head.

Instead of making the street one-way for northbound cars, it will now be a one-way street… for southbound cars.

In summer 2023, then-Infrastructure Minister Tom Binet first announced that it would make the road one-way.

Cars going north from Cheapside would have been able to use St John’s Road, while those going south would have been diverted via Tower Road and Parade Road.

The trial was postponed a number of times following a public backlash.

Infrastructure Minister Andy Jehan announced on Tuesday 2 April that his department would look at “a different approach” for the scheme. This new approach, the government has now said, will involve reversing the one-way scheme.

Mr Jehan has asked transport officers to look at making St John’s Road one-way for southbound cars.

This would affect the section of the road between Parade Road and Cheapside.

The system is due to be introduced on a trial basis, starting during summer half-term between Tuesday 28 May and Friday 31 May.

The government has said that “details of the exact arrangements” will be made public in due course.

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