Town square change to cut traffic

Mouchel Parkman has been commissioned by West Wiltshire District Council to improve the traffic-laden Market Place in Westbury.

The Surrey-based support services group is using its urban design and traffic engineering skills to improve pedestrian access to the town-centre square. A representative for the company said: “The aim is to return the space as an area that prioritises pedestrian uses.” Market Place is surrounded by a number of listed 18th- and 19th-century buildings, including the town hall, which dates from around 1815. The design team hopes to draw attention to these features by reducing the visual impact of the car park. It is also aiming to improve the square’s links to the rest of the town centre and aims to retain a car parking and loading area for shoppers and businesses. It is hoped that the square, when complete, will be used for events, festivals and markets.

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