Posted on 1st March 2013
A Chief Inspector has explained the reasons why the police, in conjunction with Derby City Council, have closed The Strand at certain times.
The city centre street is now closed between midnight and 5am on Saturdays and Sundays to help prevent collisions between vehicles and pedestrians when there are revellers in the area.
Chief Inspector Steve Pont said: “On a Friday and Saturday night, Wardwick is extremely busy with people enjoying a night out in the city centre, and The Strand is a one-way street which feeds into Wardwick around a tight corner with a restricted view.
“The temporary measure was brought in during these busy times because vehicles would often come around the corner into the path of pedestrians crossing the road. There have been two collisions in 12 months, as well as several near misses, and we hope the move will help prevent any collisions or injuries.
“A consultation was carried out by the police and Derby City Council with businesses on The Strand before the restrictions were brought in and alternative arrangements set up to allow access close to premises for loading and unloading. The aim of this is to balance the needs of businesses in the area and these safety concerns.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience and welcome all feedback on the trial closures. The restriction is under constant review and we would encourage local businesses who feel they are affected to contact us.
“Early response to the closures has been positive, with a dramatic reduction in the number of vehicles coming onto Wardwick, helping to create a safer and calmer environment for people visiting the area.”