NEW plans for a controversial traffic scheme in Aldershot town centre were unveiled to the public today (Thursday).

An exhibition detailing proposals for narrowing Victoria Road is being held at the entrance to the Wellington Centre.

Rushmoor Council has produced the new blueprint following an angry reaction to its original scheme three months ago.

It was forced to abandon work on building out the pavement outside the Wellington Centre after local traders protested that they had not been consulted.

They also claimed that the built-out bus stop would create an accident blackspot.

The new scheme, which still includes a bus stop "build-out", follows talks between the council and shopkeepers in the area.

Jenny Rawlings, town centre manager, described the proposals on Monday as a "compromise" which might still need a bit of a tweak.

In addition to the "build-out", the council intends to put in two pedestrian crossings - one outside Lloyds Bank, the other near Frederick Street.

New shelters are also proposed for the bus stop and taxi rank.

The scheme, which is being carried out at the insistence of Hampshire County Council, forms part of the Blackwater Valley bus route project.

Graham Brewster, Rushmoor's highways project manager, said: "There will be more buses, and we are trying to encourage people to use them.

"We also want to slow down traffic in Victoria Road, and make it safer for people to cross. Pedestrians take their lives in their hands at the moment."

The ultimate aim, he added, was to introduce a 20mph speed limit along the road.

Today's exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm. The public's comments will be taken into consideration by the council cabinet which has the final say.