Work to increase a pedestrian area of Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre is progressing to its next phase and will see a road closure in place next week.
The scheme will see work carried out in High Street, Church Street and Merrial Street to create a more pedestrian friendly space.
The scheme involves increasing paved pedestrian areas, reducing the road width in some sections and relocating a zebra crossing into the new pedestrian space. In addition, new trees and signs will be installed.
In order for the work to be carried out safely, two road closures will be needed. The first three-week closure starts on Wednesday April 19. It will be a full 24 hour closure of the Church Street/High Street/Merrial Street junction. The will enable the central reservation to be removed and drainage work to take place.
The second closure will also last for three weeks, beginning on July 3. Resurfacing work will take place at the same time as a gas main replacement by National Grid to minimise disruption.
Staffordshire County Council’s head of highways James Bailey said:
Work has already started on the Newcastle town centre scheme and next week the team needs to close the junction to traffic. It will aim to get the work done as quickly as possible. The second closure in July will incorporate gas main repairs to minimise disruption. We’d like to thank people for their patience during the works period.”
Letters and proposed diversion routes have been sent to residents and business owners in the area.