A package of “transport and public realm improvements” for Carlton Place and Bedford Place are due to begin during the week of January 9.
The council says the measures are “intended to enhance the area for everyone, elevating its character as a speciality shopping and hospitality destination”.
The aim is to complete the work by April 14, 2023.
Bedford Place, by Carlton Place
On Carlton Place there will be defined areas for hospitality providers to offer outdoor tables and seating, enhanced with an open, piazza-style area in the centre of the junction of Carlton Place and Lower Bannister Street. The open space will be suitable for pop up events and markets, with a level surface throughout to make the area more accessible for everyone, upgraded CCTV and lighting to improve night-time visibility.
Artwork in Carlton Place
Bedford Place will have a widened, curved pavement area at its junction with Carlton Place. This will provide an attractive, accessible public area, with the addition of trellis structures for climbing plants, and seating. The temporary hospitality area on Bedford Place, outside Beards and Boards, will be replaced with a permanent buildout, and designated areas for loading and parking for people with disabilities will be provided.
Artwork at the Junction of Bedford Place and Carlton Place
Areas of the carriageway along Bedford Place will be narrowed to slow vehicles and improve safety along the road. This will complement the recently introduced 20mph speed limit now in place across the Polygon area.
The council revealed what it described as the “exciting new plans” in September: see our previous story.
There’s also more information on the council’s transport website.
Bedford Place when it was pedestrianised
Updated 6/1/23 with additional photos