VIDEO: New look town centre takes shape


STRATFORD-UPON-AVON town centre was looking very different this morning as work to allow shopping at a safe distance was completed in readiness for many store reopenings tomorrow (Monday).  Pavements have been widened with new traffic flow measures in place.

Traffic will be allowed to flow west up Bridge Street from tomorrow (Monday). Photo: Mark Williamson

The temporary scheme is designed to support non-essential retailers to reopen safely and give shoppers confidence to visit again. The main concern has been finding space on the major streets for shoppers to maintain social distancing.

A one-way system will see westbound traffic only in Bridge Street, Wood Street, Greenhill Street and Alcester Road from Arden Street to Brunel Way, with southbound traffic only in Rother Street, High Street, Chapel Street and Church Street.

The widened pavement in Bridge Street.                                                      Photo: Mark Williamson

Sheep Street will have a one-way system from Waterside to the service yard on the right-hand side, after which there will be a two-way system on the High Street end.

Space created by lane closures and some on-street parking suspensions will allow customers to queue while pedestrians can still pass safely. There will be a 20mph speed limit and changes to pedestrian crossings.

A map detailing the new one-way system to be introduced in Stratford.


  • JD Hogg

    Looking beautiful..! 😂

  • TGB

    Excellent! That’ll keep visitors out of the town and do away with the endless street markets. If there are two ways to do something trust Stratford to pick the ugly one. Warwick and Leamington, here I come…

  • SJD67

    How about changing the name to Beirut on Avon?

  • wicked messenger

    Picturesque Stratford! Not quite sure what purpose the patches of tarmac serve, but they certainly add to the ambience.

  • imustbeoldiwearacap

    Can they please put up signs “No overtaking cyclists”. The presence of the barriers make cyclists more vulnerable!

  • imustbeoldiwearacap

    Why is there only a cycle lane up Bridge Street?