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Wisbech Market Place vehicle ban could come about if traffic scheme agreed

Vehicles could be banned from Wisbech Market Place – if the town council’s new traffic management scheme is agreed (Citizen, October 30).

Wisbech Town Council has considered pedestrianisation for years and in 2018 called for a ‘car-free continental re-design’.

I support the pedestrianisation of Wisbech town centre. The problem is there are not enough parking spaces close to the centre.

General View of Wisbech Market Place. (18419563)
General View of Wisbech Market Place. (18419563)

The solution is to build multi-storey car parks on the existing Somers Road and St Peter’s car parks.

I’m sure a good architect could design them in keeping with the surrounding areas. To finance them would require the introduction of pay parking across Fenland – something I also support.

At the same time, it is necessary to get as many people out of their cars and onto public transport.

The best way of doing this is to introduce free public transport. This is something several European countries are now doing, the latest being Luxembourg.

Pedestrianisation, pay parking, and free public transport, will require joined-up thinking from Wisbech Town, Fenland District, and Cambs County Councils.

Given that all three councils are Tory-controlled, I wonder if they are up for the challenge?

John Smithee,


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