Peel Street closed to traffic

We’re pleased to announce that following a consultation process with local traders, Peel Street will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic from 1 August.

Renewal SA and the City of Adelaide have been continuously working with local traders towards a permanent road closure following several successful trial closures, beginning in 2014 and a community consultation period in January of 2017. The feedback was strongly in support of a closure to vehicle traffic, noting that businesses wanted to maintain access for deliveries.

“Since the first small bar in Peel Street, Clever Little Tailor, opened in 2013, we have seen a huge change in the way that this iconic laneway operates and the number of people visiting the street has risen dramatically. Along with initiatives such as waiving this year’s outdoor dining fees for many operators, the permanent closure is another measure that will add to the vibrancy of our city’s alfresco scene,” said Lord Mayor, Martin Haese.

The postponed event Street ApPEEL (which will be rescheduled due to unforeseen extreme weather) will celebrate this; encouraging visitors to wander between Peel and Leigh Streets for an immersive ‘meet the maker’ experience. Local chefs and traders will come out into the public realm to showcase food, local wine, beer and handcrafted cocktails with tastings, demonstrations and options for purchase.

With the closure of Peel Street to vehicle traffic we’re creating a more pedestrian friendly zone, providing traders the opportunity to expand their business through outdoor dining – making a better space for both new and existing businesses to thrive.

Scott Quick, owner of the new and already thriving, Alfred’s Bar said “The opportunity to provide more outdoor seating is going to be a huge benefit of having Peel St closed to traffic. It will assist in creating a more vibrant, cosmopolitan strip where people can sit down, relax and enjoy themselves. It will also help attract more people to the area, benefiting local traders, as well as providing a safer environment for patrons & staff alike as they move through the street.”

This development is further progress to a new lighting system, the introduction of small venue licence legislation, assistance with Hub Adelaide co-working space and supporting six of the 13 venues on Peel Street with establishing sustainable businesses, thus transforming the street in to a popular laneway experience, creating 150 jobs and an overall GSP impact of $12.4m along the way.

The new closure means a more connected laneway community for Adelaide, in conjunction with the $14.6 million investment towards the Market to Riverbank Project, aiming to ignite even more unique inner city vibrancy.