Improvements to the gateway between Tamworth rail station and the town centre started this week.
The £500,000 improvements to Victoria Road are part of a wider project to improve transport links in the borough. The 21-week scheme will see enhancements to Victoria Road taking in its junctions with Bolebridge Street, Marmion Street, Albion Street and Alexandra Mews. The project will improve the visual aspect and accessibility with new paving and surfacing, installation of tree beds, new crossings and by taking away guard rails. Work will be suspended over the Christmas period.
The plans have been developed using input from people in Tamworth, who were asked for their feedback in a public consultation. A public display of the plans was held recently.
People can find out more by visiting: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/tamworth-phase-2
The Tamworth Linkages project is a partnership between the county and borough councils. Last year saw the first phase of improvements, enhancing the route between the town centre and Ventura Park for pedestrians and cyclists. The £500,000 project included laying new surfacing with flagstones and gravel, new bollards and heritage style lighting.
Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said:
We’re pleased to see work on the Victoria Road project get under way this week. Tamworth people have been involved in the design process which we’re grateful for – it’s important to take on board the views of the community to get this right. Victoria Road provides the main pedestrian route from the rail station to the town centre and we want people’s first impressions of Tamworth to be good. This scheme forms part of our wider regeneration package for the town. We are working closely with the borough council to make it a great place to live, work, visit and invest.”
Tamworth Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration Steve Claymore said:
The linkages project is a crucial part of our long-term, ongoing work to improve and regenerate Tamworth town centre and I am pleased to see that the second phase is imminent.
“The project aims to provide an attractive and welcoming link between the town centre, Ventura Park and the railway station, which will encourage people to make the most of what Tamworth has to offer.
“This sits alongside a wide range of public and private sector regeneration projects, both ongoing and in the pipeline, to secure the future of the town centre.”