Market Street and High Street in Eastleigh town centre will reopen to vehicles on Monday 19 July following the Government’s announcement to ease social distancing requirements from this date.
Hampshire County Council has advised the Council that when social distancing measures are lifted by central government the temporary pop-up schemes which have been introduced across the County to support social distancing will be revoked. The County Council have confirmed that they are unable to support the continuation of the Eastleigh scheme beyond the lifting of social distancing.
Visitors to the town centre should be aware that:
- Pay and display charges will again apply on Market Street, High Street and Leigh Road
- The one-way system on Leigh Road returns
- The parking bay on Mitchell Road will be retained as a disabled bay
A Council spokesperson said, “Pedestrians and drivers are reminded to be extra vigilant and take extra care as we all get used to the roads being reopened after over a year of being closed.”
The Council remains committed to working with local businesses, residents and other organisations to improve Eastleigh town centre in the future. This could include exploring options for a proper pedestrianised area as opposed to the road closure that was put in place for health and safety reasons during the Covid 19 pandemic. Any future plans would be developed with extensive consultation with local businesses, organisations and residents.