by Jon Hubbard on 30 June, 2009
Improvements to Melksham town centre are to start in August after receiving support from residents and community groups.
The proposals from Wiltshire Council are aimed at enhancing the overall street scene, and providing an improved environment for all users, particularly pedestrians and shoppers. They should also provide a greatly improved look to the historic market place.
Wiltshire Council will be starting the first phase on August 3, which it is anticipated will take 13 weeks to complete.
The initial phase of the main project will take place along the High Street between Lowbourne and Strattons Walk. A new wider footway, using surface materials to match those in Bank Street, will be built on the eastern side of the road, starting at the Strattons Walk end. The existing traffic signal controlled crossing will be upgraded to a new and more efficient version and the western footway between Avon Place and the Lowbourne roundabout will also be reconstructed using the new paving and kerbs. Traditional style street lighting will also be installed to continue the theme through the town centre.
While the work is ongoing, traffic will be restricted to a single direction as part of a one way system adjacent to the work. Vehicles will only be able to proceed through the site from the Church Street direction towards Lowbourne. Diversion routes will be clearly signed and a temporary 7.5 tonne weight restriction will be in place on Queensway and Blackmore Road to avoid heavy vehicles using this route as a rat-run. A temporary pedestrian crossing point will be provided while the existing traffic signal crossing is upgraded. “Businesses Open as Usual” signs will be placed in strategic locations to avoid any confusion to shoppers.
I’m delighted that the next stage of these works is finally underway, and I hope that we will see the whole project finished soon.1 Comment