A LONG anticipated car ban on a narrow Taunton street is set to begin next week.

Notice has been given of an 12-month trial banning cars from travelling on St James' Street.

The announcement gives permission for the scheme to begin on Monday, May 13, and it can run for no longer than 18 months.

A council spokeswoman said the trial follows extensive consultations and discussions about “the perception of safety, effects on the evening economy, taxi services, cycle lanes and coach parking”.

She added: “As a result St James Street will be closed between North Street and Lower Middle Street only, with review meetings every three months. A package of monitoring measures will be published in advance so the effects of the scheme can be reviewed.”

The project comes ahead of the town centre Cricket World Cup fan zone on June 8 and 9.

She said: “Work on the proposals for Hammet Street and East Street will continue after the successful implementation of the St James Street closure. These changes will be subject to public consultation prior to any implementation.”

While the trial is taking place, there will be planters blocking the road, as well as road signs and road linings in place.