WORK on a controversial traffic scheme started in one of Aldershot's busiest roads this week.

Scheduled to take seven weeks, Rushmoor Council says the project is designed to make Victoria Road safer for pedestrians.

Traffic will be slowed down, and there will be better facilities for people using buses and taxis which will have new stopping places.

The council had hoped to start the work last December, but shelved the scheme because of protests from shopkeepers in the road.

They said they had not been consulted, and claimed that a proposed built-out bus stop outside the Wellington Centre would create an accident blackspot.

The revised scheme follows talks between the council and traders, Stagecoach, taxi drivers and people who use the town centre.

More than 200 people also visited an exhibition in the Wellington Centre, with many of them commenting on the plans.

The council says it has made several "important changes" to the original blueprint as a result of the consultations.

It has stuck to its decision to widen the pavement outside the Wellington Centre, but a zebra crossing will now be installed nearby.

Coun Roland Dibbs, environment cabinet member, said: "I am delighted that this long overdue scheme is underway. It will bring significant improvements."