Peel Street To Be Permanently Closed For Vehicle Traffic From 1 August 2017

Peel Street To Be Permanently Closed For Vehicle Traffic From 1 August 2017

South Australia Minister for City of Adelaide John Rau

Peel Street Permanently Closed To Vehicles

Victor P Taffa

Following consultation with local traders Peel Street will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic from 1 August.

“State Government and City of Adelaide have been working to achieve a permanent road closure to vehicle traffic in Peel Street, one of Adelaide’s iconic laneways.” Minister for City of Adelaide John Rau said.

“During the trial closure we received a strong positive response from traders and the community. During the trial, patrons were encouraged to stay longer in this iconic laneway adding economic impact to the already vibrant atmosphere.”

Renewal SA and the City of Adelaide have been working in partnership with local traders to implement a permanent road closure following successful trial closures and strong support from the community.

“Since the first small bar in Peel Street, Clever Little Tailor, opened in 2013, we have seen a huge change in the way that this iconic laneway operates and the number of people visiting the street has increased dramatically.” Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese said.

Closure will permanently transform Peel Street into a pedestrian friendly environment providing traders the opportunity to expand their business through outdoor dining, and stimulate further economic investment into the CBD.

“Opportunity to provide more outdoor seating is going to be a huge benefit of having Peel Street closed to traffic. It will assist in creating a more vibrant, cosmopolitan strip where people can sit down, relax and enjoy themselves.” Alfred’s owner Scott Quick said.

Peel Street has undergone a lighting makeover, with approximately 100 metres of lighting installed above the laneway providing ambiance for evening dining.

Peel Street will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic with the exception of service vehicles and delivery access between 3 am and 11 am daily.

Background

Renewal SA and the City of Adelaide are working in partnership to revitalise our laneways. In June 2016 the South Australian Government and City of Adelaide committed $14.6 Million to transform a network of small streets and laneways between the Adelaide Central Market and Adelaide Riverbank to create a destination where communities and businesses can thrive.

Since the first introduction of the trial weekend road closure in 2014-2015, Renewal SA and City of Adelaide have continued to monitor the operation of Peel Street and have worked closely with local traders.

In January 2017, Renewal SA and the City of Adelaide consulted with Peel Street traders to test support for a transition from events-based road closures to a permanent road closure to vehicle traffic.

Feedback was strongly in support of a closure to vehicle traffic, noting that businesses wanted to maintain access for deliveries. Currently a temporary road closure to vehicle traffic is in place, from each Thursday to the following Monday with timed delivery access.

Since the introduction of the Small Venue Licence in 2013, almost 100 licenses have been issued, with 84 venues currently trading.