NEW efforts are being made to ease the way for residents and businesses to go about their daily routines during this year’s Christmas Market.
With crowds predicted to top last year’s record 350,000 attendance figure the City of Lincoln Council has taken steps to ease congestion for people living and working in Lincoln as well as the visitors attending the market.
In response to last year’s concerns about congestion and over-crowding, a one-way pedestrian system will be in force taking visitors up Steep Hill with the return route back down via Drury Lane and Michaelgate. There will also be a one-way system within the Castle grounds.
This week has also seen vehicle access passes hand delivered to 3,200 homes in the city and households can apply for additional passes from the Visitor Information Centre or City Hall reception. Businesses can apply online at: www.lincoln-christmasmarket.co.uk
All resident enquiries about issues relating to Lincoln Christmas Market should be directed to: 01522 873400.
The council’s Events Officer Holly Parker said: “After a review by the Emergency Planning Unit and last year’s record numbers we have decided to introduce one-way pedestrian traffic which we believe will be better for residents, businesses and visitors.
“The market could not succeed without the patience and support of our residents and we will do everything we can to minimise the disruption to their daily routines and thank them for their continued co-operation.”
In addition to the one-way system there will also be improved signage and PA systems as well as 150 stewards helping control pedestrian flow. Those stewards will be briefed to use their discretion to allow residents and businesses to go about their daily routines with as little disruption as possible.
A new layout of stalls and attractions also aims to spread out the focus of the market easing the pressure on traditional bottlenecks.
For the first time, stalls will be set out in the Bailgate (near Newport Arch), near the east green of the Cathedral and at Wickham Gardens.