Scarborough Esplanade closure trial

The City is trialling the partial closure of The Esplanade for vehicle access from Scarborough Beach Road and Manning Street on Sunday and Thursday evenings from 4.00pm and during events as required, to enhance pedestrian safety during peak activity periods. Closing date: 16 December 2022 Follow project

Recognising Scarborough’s popularity as an entertainment precinct, particularly over the summer period, the City of Stirling will trial a vehicle closure of a short portion of The Esplanade (Scarborough) between the Clock Tower and The Lookout.  The trial aims to improve pedestrian safety while also supporting activation and events within the precinct.    

This closure includes the approx. 130m strip that fronts the Rendezvous Hotel, Cleopatra Scarborough, Dumbo Gelato, The Peach Pit, El Grotto, Cordingley's Surf, the Galway Hooker and The Lookout. 

Access to the precinct via Reserve Street, Manning Street, Scarborough Beach Road and Brighton Road will remain unaffected, and all existing car parking areas as well as the Rendezvous underground carpark will remain open. Only the six car parking bays on The Esplanade will be affected.

The trial closure is proposed for Sundays 4.00pm - 2.00am from 30 October 2022 and Thursday evenings from 4.00pm - 10.00pm from 3 November 2022 until December 2022.  The Thursday closure aligns with the highly popular Sunset Markets while the Sunday closure aligns with peak times for many hospitality venues as well as a number of upcoming community events. 

Depending on the effectiveness of this trial it may then be extended to April 2023. Specific closure times will be in place for special events, including:During and after the trial, the City will seek feedback from visitors, businesses and residents to determine whether the trial has been successful and the results will be assessed to determined whether The Esplanade should be closed during peak periods beyond April 2023.

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What is the trial aiming to achieve?

The trial aims to enhance the safety and amenity for pedestrians during peak periods, as well as offering opportunities for increased activation to support the Scarborough precinct as a tourism destination.

How will it be managed and what will be involved?

The trial will involve the partial closure of The Esplanade to vehicles for about 130m between Scarborough Beach Road (north of the roundabout and clock tower) to the edge of the Rendezvous Hotel underground carpark south of Manning Street (near Sunset Hill).

For the safety of pedestrians and motorists, traffic management and barriers will be in place to prevent all vehicle access when closures are in place. Entry to the Rendezvous carpark will be maintained from Manning Street.

Nearby carparks include Reserve Street, Manning Street (more on parking in Scarborough).

During the closure, two drop-off and pick-up zones for taxi and rideshare vehicles will be located at:

  • 166 The Esplanade, Scarborough (near Coles, and opposite the Scarborough Beach Pool)
    • As the zone is along the eastern side of the Esplanade, passenger transport drivers are encouraged to enter the area from Scarborough Beach Road instead of Brighton Road.
  • Manning Street, Scarborough (unmarked on-street bays between the signage near the entrance to Wilson Parking – Manning Street).

Additionally  a zone to facilitate food delivery service pick-ups will be located at 128 The Esplanade, Scarborough (adjacent to Peters by the Sea).

The City will engage with event operators for vehicle access and specific arrangements for approved events at Djinda Mia at Scarborough Square.

During the trial, the City will be monitoring feedback from the community, business and stakeholders.

When will it take place?

The trial closure is proposed for:

  • Sundays 4.00pm - 2.00am from 30 October 2022 until 11 December 2022.

In consultation with WAPOL, Sunday evenings have been identified as a peak time for many hospitality venues.  To provide a safe entry and exit from the venues for patrons the road closure is proposed to stay in place till 2am to allow for consistent traffic conditions on patrons entry and exit from the venues.

  • Thursday 4.00pm - 10.00pm from 3 November 2022 until December 2022.

The Thursday road closure aligns with the highly popular Sunset Markets and will aim to provide activation of the event space.

Depending on the effectiveness of this trial it may then be extended to April 2023. Specific closure times will be in place for special events, including:

  • 3.00pm - 8.00pm, Saturday 5 November (Mens Life Fest).

What are the benefits of the trial?

Benefits of the trial are expected to include increased pedestrian safety during peak periods, increased opportunity for trading and activation, and enhanced pedestrian amenity. We are seeking feedback during and after the trial, and we encourage the community to share your feedback on the trial.

How will success be measured?

The City will monitor the trial and seeking feedback from visitors, residents, businesses and stakeholders about pedestrian safety, amenity and the activation. Feedback will remain open for the community to share their feedback on the impacts of the road closures to inform future decision-making.

How is the community being informed?

The City is directly engaging with residents and businesses located on The Esplanade and nearby through letterdrops to raise awareness of the trial and provide an opportunity to provide feedback.

The City is also sharing information through on-site signage, stalls at relevant events, email updates, the City’s Stirling Scene e-newsletter, brochures and social media to inform the community and encourage participation in the survey.


Trial commences

30 October 2022

Trial concludes

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For more information, or to receive this information in an alternate format, please contact Susan McGuane, Leisure Services on (08) 9205 8555.

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