Truro BID

Plans for reopening Truro following lockdown 1.0

During lockdown 1.0 we worked with Truro City Council and Visit Truro on an initial Truro Reopening plan to outline how to move forward once Truro City Centre could reopen in June and this was published on 18 May 2020.

Truro BID then worked closely with Truro City Council and Visit Truro, along with Cornwall Council Highways Team and Cormac, on a detailed reopening plan from Monday 15 June 2020. 

The Totally Truro BID Board Members endorsed the plan for the City Centre which is based on creating the best environment for customers to return to the high street, whilst ensuring the Government’s 2 metre social distancing guidelines can be followed.

The plan includes temporary pedestrianisation in part of the city centre to enable shoppers to queue for shops appropriately along with to ‘keep left’ system on all streets for pedestrians. The keep left system will help keep the movement flowing as well as helping to maintain requirements for social distancing.

The Truro Partnership (Truro BID, along with Truro City Council and Visit Truro) monitored the temporary measures and liaisese with businesses to understand what is worked well and what may need to be adjusted.

The road closures for Truro which were first implemented from Monday 15 June and which were suspended during the lockdown 2.0 and 3.0 were as follows:

  • Temporary pedestrianisation of Boscawen Street, 11am – 3pm on Monday to Saturday, along with Pydar St, High Cross, King St, St Nicholas St, Lower Lemon St, Duke St and part of Quay St.
  • All the other City Centre streets open to vehicles.
During the road closures times: 
  • Buses continued to operate in Victoria Square. 
  • The Taxi rank on Boscawen Street operated at the War Memorial and taxis could use Princes Street to pick up or drop off customers in the city centre and exit again via Princes Street.
  • Marshals were positioned at the busiest areas around the city to help people to navigate their way around Truro and help with queueing for shops where necessary.

To implement the road closures in June we worked hard to understand the views of local businesses in a very short space of time. We appreciate that some businesses have been concerned about these temporarily measures. However with businesses open we had to ensure that 2 metre social distancing guidelines could be followed to give people space to shop, eat and drink.