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Gates installed at either end of Elgin High Street to "allow easy pedestrianisation" if needed


By Jonathan Clark

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Permanent gates have been erected at Elgin High Street to help pedestrianise the road at certain times...gates at the west end of town... Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Permanent gates have been erected at Elgin High Street to help pedestrianise the road at certain times...gates at the west end of town... Picture: Becky Saunderson..

GATES have been installed at both ends of Elgin High Street to "allow easy pedestrianisation" if needed in future.

The first set of feature gates have been installed just off the roundabout which links the west end of the high street to the A96 and Alexandra Road.

The second set are at the east end of the high street, outside the council headquarters and Harper Macleod.

The gates at the east end of Elgin High Street...
The gates at the east end of Elgin High Street...

Moray Council mentioned plans to build the gates in October as part of the Spaces For People programme, shortly after the pedestrianisation of the High Street due to coronavirus restrictions came to an end.

The gates will not be in use immediately but will be a permanent fixture.

They could be closed in the future to shut the high street off to vehicles during events, while traffic restrictions are in place, or to help with social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

Transportation Manager for Moray Council Nicola Moss said: “These new gates allow us the capability to reduce access to Elgin High Street for a variety of reasons, be it for planned community events or pandemic-related issues, quickly and safely.

“Businesses in the area were consulted on the Spaces for People programme in 2020 and the introduction of a permanent feature, albeit one that won’t be in use all the time, is the outcome from our learning over that period.

“As is the case currently, any planned and organised closures roads will continue to be listed on our website.”


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