You wouldn't be able to drive on any of the Golden Mile and the existing road space would be transformed. There would be one bus lane in each direction (likely buses will stop in the lane to pick people up) and the additional lane changed into a footpath.
We’re proposing to consolidate bus stops to improve bus reliability and to increase space at and around bus stops, with no more than a five-minute walk to a bus stop for someone walking at an average speed.
This means buses would be able to move along the Golden Mile quicker.
With fewer vehicles on the road, and turning into side streets, it would be safer for people walking and on bikes. It would also be less crowded on the footpath – this proposal converts the extra lane and carparks to footpath and relocates loading zones and taxi parks to side streets, providing up to 75% more footpath, some of this space could be used for people biking and on scooters. There will also be more space for people to sit, spend time, or access businesses by repurposing the ends of closed side streets.
This concept could also include a dedicated or shared space for bikes and scooters on some parts of the Golden Mile.
Because this concept would completely change the way space is allocated, to see it come to life on the Golden Mile would cost around double what concepts 1 and 2 would.
As with all concepts, emergency services would still be able to access the Golden Mile.