Lincoln Christmas Market's one-way system is scrapped in all but name
The one-way system at this year's Lincoln Christmas Market will only be used if it’s needed to control severe overcrowding.
The City of Lincoln Council, which organises the popular event, brought the system in last year to try to keep people moving safely around the market after a record 350,000 people visited the four-day event in 2011.
However, the one-way scheme was criticised by some traders and visitors. The council has taken their comments, along with those of others, on board in making the decision for this year’s event which runs from December 5 to 8.
John Latham, director of development and environmental services at the city council, said: “We acknowledge that having the one-way system was not popular last year and resulted in a lot of negative publicity for the market.
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“We have taken on board visitor and traders' comments and this year we will not be operating the system. However, we will keep it in reserve to ensure we have appropriate safety mechanisms in place if we become uncomfortably busy.
“We are planning other changes for 2013; the east end of the Cathedral will not be used this year but the West Front and parts of Eastgate will. The barrier across Bailgate will only be in place if required for public safety.
“Our aim is to create a more relaxed and festive market and we plan to reduce the amount of signage which draws people’s attention away from the beautiful, historic buildings in our city.
“The tannoy which was used throughout last year 's market will only be used as and when required. We also hope to provide more entertainment for visitors, details of which will be released in the coming weeks.”
This year’s Christmas Market will feature a whole host of attractions and stalls, including more local traders than in previous years.
A full list of stalls and entertainment will be revealed in due course.
The plans for the event will go before the safety advisory group in the coming weeks.