Traffic has been thundering through Canterbury's Westgate Tower for hundreds of years. But a temporary ban on using the medieval gatehouse came to an end earlier this spring, after locals objected to the congestion it caused.
Now it appears the ban could be reintroduced. So why the rethink? Nashreen Issa reports.
Motorists are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys in and around Canterbury while the controversial Westgate Towers traffic scheme is reverted to its original layout.
Traffic signals were removed over the weekend and the road was resurfaced with new road markings.
The changes were introduced to protect the 14th century towers by reducing the number of vehicles going underneath.
The scheme is being removed following a year long trial. It could be re-introduced permanently after the results are assessed and the community are asked for their views.
The Westgate Towers in Canterbury are to be closed to all traffic today while a survey is carried out on them.
Staff from the city council will be examining the towers before the controversial traffic scheme around them is restored to the original layout.
The one year traffic trial scheme will end in March, following a ruling by Kent County Council.
Today, vehicles won't be able to access St Peter's Place from St Dunstan's Street from 8am to 4pm.
A controversial traffic scheme devised to protect the Westgate Towers in Canterbury will finish at the end of its trial in March.
It was confirmed by Kent County Council today that the St Dunstan’s and Westgate Towers environmental improvements and traffic management trial will finish at the end of March and the road layout will return to its previous configuration.
Assessment of today's closure of the Westgate Towers entrance to Canterbury in Kent from Councillor Peter Vickery-Jones. The move is part of the most radical change in the city's transport network for two decades.
Day one of the biggest change to Canterbury's road system for decades got off to a jam-free start.
There were fears that closing the iconic Westgate Towers to traffic would gridlock the city.
But at 8am the new route was flowing smoothly.
Tuesday morning's rush hour will be the first test of a new scheme to reduce congestion in Canterbury. The city's historic Westgate Towers have been closed in the biggest change to traffic for twenty years. It is part of a twelve month experiment.