PLANS to introduce a new one-way system in Aldershot town centre have come under fire, with a councillor warning pedestrians' lives will be lost if they are approved.

The scheme to re-route traffic along Barrack Road and Queen's Road caused a heated debate when it was announced at an Aldershot Traffic Focus Group meeting.

Rushmoor Council said it was being introduced to accommodate residents' parking in Queen's Road.

But critics are claiming it will create an accident blackspot at the junction of Barrack Road and Alexandra Road.

Under the draft scheme, traffic coming in from the Wellington Roundabout will come along Oberursel Way, down Alexandra Road and left into Barrack Road to the High Street or round into Grosvenor Road.

"It's a very dangerous corner," said Cllr Roger Kimber, who added that the route is similar to a previous one ditched in the early 1990s.

Cllr Kimber said the junction by the Warburg car park was not wide enough for heavy vehicles turning left.

"The problem is with through traffic turning right into Barrack Road and turning left into Alexandra Road," he added.

"We had large lorries trailing their wheels on the pavement."

He said he was particularly concerned because a lot of elderly residents walked into town this way.

"There's a lot of people crossing the road there.

"We still need to do a lot more to make sure it's safe for pedestrians."

But Rushmoor's head of highways Jim Pettitt said the changes were necessary to cut down traffic on rat-runs into the town through residential areas.

He said the council faced increasing pressure to provide residents' parking.

"We're trying to stop people cutting through Cranmore Lane and York Road," he said.

"The main difference will be turning right up Barrack Road, and the junction of Queen's Road and Lime Street where traffic will have to turn into Lime Street and drive back up to continue down Queen's Road."

He said the scheme was still in its early days and accepted more work was needed to look into the details.

"We'll have to do more measurements and tests to see if there is room for turning (at the junction of Alexandra and Barrack roads)," added Mr Pettitt.

"That's the weak point but I think people generally agree the idea is worth pursuing."

He said it was all part of a wider scheme to improve that part of the town.

The Westgate Centre development has been approved and the council is also looking at ways of improving Upper Union Street.