Social distancing measures will be installed on one of Cardiff’s busiest roads on Sunday.
The traffic lane next to Cardiff Castle on Castle Street will be removed on Sunday so the pavement can be extended into the road for the use of both pedestrians and cyclists.
The new shared space will run from Cathedral Road/Cowbridge Road junction, over Canton Bridge, along Castle Street, Duke Street and up to the North Road-Boulevard De Nantes junction.
This is the first social distancing measure being brought into the public space in the city-centre to keep the public safe.
Other measures have already been brought in, including a one-way system around Roath Park Lake to aid social distancing, as well as the removal of visitor parking bays nearest the lake, to provide additional space for cyclists and joggers.
Councillor Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport said: “We have to ensure that any changes we make to roads and pavements are safe for all road users. Castle Street is the first road scheme in the city. It will be installed on Sunday and a similar scheme on Wood Street is currently being looked into.
“It’s not possible for us to transform all public space in the city overnight, but we are doing all that we can, with the resources available, to bring in these social-distancing schemes as quickly as possible.
He added: “With the significant increase in the number of people cycling and walking in the city, it is important, more than ever, for all users of public space to be respectful and mindful of others especially with vulnerable users.”
The new shared space will initially be marked out with traffic cones. These will then be replaced with bolt-down cones.
A pilot scheme to enable social distancing in neighbourhood shopping centres will be launched at Wellfield Road, in Plasnewydd, soon.
Cardiff Council is currently working with businesses in the area to develop the final scheme, but it will involve removing the parking bays on either side of the road to allow the pavement to be extended to give extra space to allow social distancing measures to be followed.