St Giles Street improvements set to begin
Work on improving the footpaths and roadway in St Giles Street will start later this month.
The improvements programme will be carried out in stages and will be fully completed by May 2017.
There will be a break in the programme between October this year and the end of January next year to allow businesses in the St Giles Street area to maximise their Christmas trade.
The improvements will include new paving, lighting and tree planting in the street, similar to that which has taken place in Guildhall Road.
Streets which will be upgraded as part of the programme are St Giles Street, Fish Street and St Giles Square.
Work on the first phase – improving St Giles Street between Hazelwood Road and Castilian Street – starts on Monday 22 February.
While improvement work takes place, roads will be closed and traffic diverted during the various stages – road users are advised to check on closures and diversions and carefully follow the road signage around the area.
The bus stop in St Giles Street will be re-located to Derngate and car parking spaces will not be available – motorists looking to shop in St Giles Street are advised to use the parking bays in Abington Street, the Ridings car park, or the town centre multi-storey car parks (these allow two hours free parking on weekdays, free at weekends).
The street will be fully open to pedestrians and all businesses will be open as usual while the work takes place.
The programme will be split into a number of phases as follows:-
1 Hazelwood Road to Castilian Street
February to April 2016
(no work will take place over the four day Easter period, March 25 to 28)
2A Castilian Street to Guildhall
May to July 2016
2B St Giles Square
August to September 2016
3 Fish Street
February to March 2017
4 St Giles Terrace to Hazelwood Road
March to May 2017
(no work will take place over the Easter holiday)
Councillor Tim Hadland, the borough council cabinet member responsible for regeneration, said it would be business as usual on St Giles Street while the improvement works take place.
He said: “There will be clearly be some disruption to businesses, shoppers and visitors in St Giles Street while the improvement work takes place.
“But it will be business as usual. Traffic diversions will be in place during the various phases but shoppers and pedestrians will have access to the street at all times.
“The improvement works will have the same look and feel to those that were recently undertaken in Guildhall Road.
“Businesses in Guildhall Road were complimentary about the level of support they received from the contractors while work took place on the street and we are confident that businesses in St Giles Street will benefit from a similar relationship.
“We are in regular liaison with a business steering group, keeping them informed of what is planned, when and where, and businesses and residents in the area will be updated with timely correspondence as the programme unfolds.
“We are proud of St Giles Street, which recently won an award for being the best Great British High Street.
“The street is in need of a long overdue facelift and is key to our long-term vision of improving the town centre as a whole alongside the recent upgrades to Guildhall Road and Abington Street and the current plans to improve shop frontages in Gold Street.”
While improvement work takes place, roads will be closed at traffic diverted during the various stages – road users are advised to check on closures and diversions and carefully follow the road signage around the area.
The bus stop in St Giles Street will be re-located to Derngate and car parking spaces will be lost – motorists looking to shop in St Giles Street are advised to use the parking bays in Abington Street or the town centre multi-storey car parks (these allow two hours free parking on weekdays, free at weekends).
A detailed plan of the whole programme of works can be seen on our website