The UK is moving from the COVID lockdown phase to the containment phase and this will require social distancing in public areas. Below are our suggestions on how to make more space available in the busiest areas in Ely:
Many children walk to Ely College along Downham Road. The pavements are too narrow for safe social distancing and a coned off >1m wide lane should be provided on both sides of Downham Road for extra walking and cycling space.
The car park should be closed for cars during drop off and pickup to give parents and children more space while waiting.
St Johns Road should have a >1.5m coned off lane on the southern side. In the long term it might be better to make St Johns Road one-way or access-only for cars from Beresford Road to West End Road.
Beresford Road should have >1m wide coned off lanes on both sides up to Alexander Chase.
Many children walk to St Marys along High Barns. The pavements are too narrow for safe social distancing and a coned off >1m wide lane should be provided on both sides of High Barns for extra walking and cycling space. High Barns should be made one-way to provide the necessary space.
Kings students walk to Ely Cathedral at the same time as many commuters walk to the station along The Gallery. The Gallery should be closed to motorised traffic so extra walking and cycling space can be provided.
People will have to queue outside shops and pavements are too narrow for safe social distancing. The High Street should be permanently closed to traffic and parking should be removed to provide extra queuing and walking space.
The pavements of Back Hill are too narrow for safe social distancing for commuters walking to the station while school children are walking the other way. Back Hill should be made one-way or access only so a coned off >1m wide lane can be provided on both sides for extra walking and cycling space.
Bus stop (Market Street)
A 2m wide coned off area should be created on the southern side of Market Street to provide extra waiting and walking space at least near the bus stops.