Truro BID

We worked with Truro City Council and Visit Truro on an initial Truro Reopening plan to outline how we move forward once Truro City Centre starts to reopen which was published on 18 May.

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. 

The Totally Truro BID Board Members have 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.

Truro BID, along with Truro City Council, will be monitoring the temporary measures and liaising with businesses to understand what is working well and what may need to be adjusted.

The details of the plan to be implemented from Monday 15 June are shown in a map (aside from River St which has reopened to traffic) and are as follows:

  • Temporary pedestrianisation of Boscawen Street, 10am – 4pm, along with Pydar Street, High Cross, King Street, St Nicholas Street, Lower Lemon Street, Duke Street and part of Quay Street.
  • All the other City Centre streets will remain open to vehicles as usual.
  • To help maintain social distancing, all streets will have a temporary one-way, keep left pedestrian system from 10am to 4pm. There will be signage directing pedestrians to ‘keep left’ on the footpath in the direction that they are travelling.
  • Buses will continue to operate in Victoria Square and River Street will be open to buses only. To be able to implement social distancing and allow people to queue where necessary, the parking spots in River St will be temporarily removed. 
  • The Taxi rank on Boscawen Street will still be operating at the War Memorial and taxis will be able to use Princes Street to pick up or drop off customers in the city centre and exit again via Princes Street.
  • Marshals will be 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.
  • There will be signage across Truro reminding everyone to keep a safe distance. 
  • We are contacting delivery companies to advise them of the road closures.
  • At the narrow Opes and Mews, signage will advise pedestrians that the path is narrow and they should walk in single file.
  • A joint media release from Truro City Council, Visit Truro and Truro BID has been issued.

We have been working hard to understand the views of local businesses in a very short space of time. We appreciate that some businesses may be concerned about these temporarily measures, however we have to ensure that 2 metre social distancing guidelines can be followed to allow Truro to safely reopen.

Businesses who wish to discuss the temporary measures for reopening Truro should email Alun.jones@trurobid.co.uk.