Horsham East Street traffic restriction experiment

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An experimental traffic order has started this week in East Street, Horsham, to develop a traffic free environment and encourage a café culture in the area.

Vehicles are prohibited from driving in East Street and Market Square daily between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Hoping to create a 'street cafe culture' in East Street.

Hoping to create a 'street cafe culture' in East Street.

Bollards will be put up and removed each day at the eastern end of East Street by Horsham District Council.

Outside of these hours, East Street and Market Square will remain available for use, but only by vehicles loading and unloading and to blue badge holders.

Two bays provided for blue badge parking in East Street are being relocated to the Carfax outside the King’s Head (ASK restaurant).

The order, which will last for 18 months, was agreed following a meeting of the North Horsham County Local Committee in March.

Committee Chairman Brad Watson said: “Creating a traffic free environment during the day will give traders the opportunity to develop trade and a street café culture around East Street and Market Square.

“There will be further scope for more themed events to be staged.”

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