Council is expediting upgrades for the Church Street shopping precinct to minimise disruption for traders and the community while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Access to shops will remain throughout the works so please continue to shop local for essential items during this time.
The upgrade will help to improve safety and create a better shopping and dining experience for visitors.
At-grade pedestrian crossings are being installed at the existing Church Street and St Andrews Street roundabout to improve safety by slowing traffic and ensuring that pedestrians have priority and clear right of way. This upgrade will ensure easier, safer crossings; especially for elderly residents and school children, and will encourage more people to explore this vibrant shopping precinct on foot or by bike.
Day and evening works will commence on Monday 3 August 2020 between the hours of 7am to 9pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. Works are expected to be completed within three weeks, weather and COVID-19 restrictions permitting.
During the works, vehicle access through the Church and St Andrews Streets roundabout from the Church Street approach will be restricted, with U-turns in place.
Traffic management will also be positioned at the Church and Carpenter Streets roundabout to direct motorists to nearby off-street car parks, if there is an elevated level of traffic congestion along Church Street towards St Andrews Street.
Please see the map below for details of the changed traffic conditions.
Council is creating three new 15-minute parking spaces on St Andrews and Church Streets in Brighton.
A 15-minute parking space has been created by temporarily changing the parking time restrictions at 10 St Andrews Street outside The Royale Brothers. From Friday 7 August 2020, two further 15-minute spaces will be outside 25-27 Church Street in front of Hellenic Republic. These changes will be trialled until 22 August 2020 to ensure shoppers and delivery drivers can find a parking space quickly while nearby roundabout works are underway.
Church Street traders have welcomed these changes in response to an increase in quick shopping trips for essential items and local restaurants switching to take-away or delivery only during COVID-19 restrictions.
While these changes are only temporary, Council will consider extending these time restrictions while COVID-19 restrictions are in place if there is continued demand and support from traders.
Where to find free 15-minute parking
At 10 St Andrews Street, the existing 15-minute loading zone from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday will now include a new 15-minute parking restriction between 6pm and 11pm, Monday to Saturday, for any vehicle.
At 25-27 Church Street from 7 August 2020 when the new signs are installed, the two parking spaces outside Hellenic Republic will change from 1-hour parking to 15-minute parking between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
We’re introducing real-time car parking signage to make it easier to find an available parking space.
In-ground sensors will communicate with electronic parking signs and the UbiPark app and website, to display where car spaces are available in real-time.
This technology is also collecting data on parking demand at different locations and times and will be used to inform future improvements. When the entire system is tested and operational, the sensors will also inform enforcement by monitoring where vehicles have overstayed time limits. Sensor data will not be used for parking enforcement until the dynamic signs are installed and the entire system is trialled and tested.
Community consultation on car parking technology was conducted in March and April 2019 and involved drop in sessions, online feedback, social media, signage, publications and advertising. Results of this community engagement showed that the majority of the respondents supported the installation of sensors and signage in and around Church Street at the defined locations. View the results from the consultation.
Find out more about the car parking technology project. (PDF, 4.43MB)
In-ground car parking sensors have now been installed in four off-street car parks, and also in Church Street within the shopping precinct.
The dynamic and static car parking signs are expected to be installed from 22 July 2020, weather permitting, and will be operational by mid-August.
The majority of dynamic and static parking signs will take around five hours to install over two days. Footings will be installed on the first day, with the pre-fabricated sign installed after its footing has cured.
To minimise disruption for local traders, works will take place between 6am and 11am on weekdays, with no noisy works commencing before 7am. Please note, up to three signs may require works to run until 5pm to complete the footing.
While works are in progress, up to three adjacent car parking spaces may be restricted for contractor vehicles. Pedestrians will be able to walk around the work site safely, or will be directed to use a nearby alternate pathway.
The dynamic and static parking signs have been manufactured off-site to enable quick installation and minimise disruption to the community during the installation process.
Parking availability can currently be viewed via the UbiPark smartphone app or website.
Road works to replace the asphalt and update line-marking along Church Street between New Street and Middle Brighton station railway line were completed in June. The streetscape upgrades at the southern end of Church Street, between St Andrews and New Streets, were finished in July.
We aim to keep you informed as each project in the Church Street precinct progresses. We will use a combination of signage in the precinct, printed updates, website project information, email updates and social media to let you know what is happening.
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