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How could Custom House Quay better work as a mixed-use environment?

We have received the following from Dorset Council seeking your opinions.

“We’re asking Weymouth residents and businesses to have their say on proposals to enhance the harbour area for families, hospitality businesses and active travel.”

“Following the removal of the railway lines, we will be redesigning the carriageway in Custom House Quay to improve drainage. This gives us an opportunity to review the public realm and improve conditions for walking, cycling and areas for sitting out, while retaining access to businesses in the harbour.

These proposals do not include pedestrianisation of the harbourside. ”

Kerry Hall
Senior Communications Officer
Communications and Engagement
Dorset Council

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The proposals aim to improve the public space along Custom House Quay to create a safer space for walking and cycling, enhance the area for outside dining and improve air quality by reducing traffic along the route.

There are a number of proposals being suggested to create a better mixed-use area along Custom House Quay between South Parade and St Mary Street.

Many of these proposals will require removing the 39 on-road 1hr parking spaces in the area:

  • ​widening footways on both sides of the road
  • providing loading bays for harbour businesses and vessels
  • installing a contra-flow, on-road cycle lane (towards Pavilion) – cyclists heading towards Town Bridge will be in the road with the one-way flow of traffic. Cyclists heading towards The Pavilion will use a dedicated cycle lane, which will be against the flow of traffic.
  • provision of dedicated disabled parking bays
  • providing additional outdoor seating space for hospitality businesses
  • provision of cycle parking
  • installation of benches, planters and safety bollards

This work will be funded by the £438,000 Department for Transport Active Travel Fund money awarded to us.

Paul Appleby
Author: Paul Appleby