Pavements to be widened to help people keep their distance

12 May 2020

Photo of Harlesden high street

 

Pavements in some of the busiest streets in Brent are to be temporarily widened to help residents stay safe and slow the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing.

 

‘Pinch points’ have been identified for additional safety measures, which will see more than 760 metres of barriers put down around busy stretches of pavement to help protect the community.

 

New signage, reminding people of the 2 metre rule, will support the police and enforcement officers who will be focusing on many of these hotspots. In some locations, bus stops may be temporarily moved and parking suspended to allow more space for walkers.

 

These measures will be focused on stretches where the width of the pavement and foot traffic is most likely to make it difficult for people to stay two metres away from others.

 

It is the first step in plans to help the borough return to normal, with further measures to boost green, active travel set to follow.

 

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: “As lockdown rules are gradually eased, we want to encourage as many people as possible to continue to walk and cycle. But we do know that many of our high streets can get extremely busy and it is crucial that people can remain 2 metres apart. This package of measures sets out how we will help people to remain socially distant in the immediate term.”

 

Cllr Shama Tatler, Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, said: “It’s important to stress that this is just the first part of a longer-term recovery. One positive to come from this awful pandemic is the way that it’s prompted people to rediscover the benefits of walking and cycling. We will also shortly be setting out plans that will set us in good stead for the future, encouraging green, active travel in our brilliant borough in the months and years to come.”

 

A full list of locations selected for these additional measures can be downloaded here.