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Construction work continues as part of town centre pedestrianisation scheme

Construction work continues as part of town centre pedestrianisation scheme

Preliminary works are underway as part of the £2.5million investment into Braintree town centre for the new pedestrianisation scheme.

Braintree District Council announced last month that Marlborough Highways has been appointed the contractor for the first part of the project, who started the first phase of construction works on Bank Street last month, which is complete and now sees an increase of disabled parking spaces (17 spaces compared to previous 7) for people to use when visiting the town centre.

The next phase of works in Fairfield Road will start next week, including resurfacing of the footways and carriageways, as well as a new bus gate incorporating a new cycle route for cyclists. Other works include street lighting, drainage and traffic signal improvements.

It will see a new facility allowing buses, taxis and cyclists to go both ways (north and southbound), with northbound journeys from South Street up Fairfield Road remaining the same. Those buses that previously used the High Street will in future travel from the new Manor Street bus interchange, through the bus gate and down Fairfield Road.

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “These works are a crucial part of our pedestrianisation scheme, as it will see a long-term solution for disabled parking, improving walking and cycling facilities and enable resurfacing improvement works in these areas of the town centre, to benefit our residents and businesses. We’re pleased we have been able to keep these works on track during these unprecedented times, getting us one step closer to creating a town centre people want to visit and socialise in the future.”

Kevin Prince, Project Manager at Marlborough Highways said: “Our team has been busy working in Bank Street over the past few weeks, installing a one-way system road layout complete with the relevant signage, paving to create a walkway, disabled parking bays as well as laying ducting for future cables, all for the new pedestrianisation scheme. I am very pleased with the feedback we have received so far from Braintree Council, delivering a high standard of workmanship well within the intended time frame. We are looking forward to beginning works on Fairfield Road.”

Works will be completed during the day, with lane closures in place and a diversion in place to go through South Street, up Railway Street and down Manor Street.

Fairfield Road works are scheduled to take up to 11 weeks and temporary signage has been installed in advance of and during the works.

The removal of bus stops in the High Street is expected to take place once Fairfield Road is complete, to enable the main works to start at Market Place, Great Square and the High Street. Full details of when these will be removed and the new bus route changes will be communicated in partnership with Essex County Council once dates are confirmed.

Braintree District Council is continuing to work behind the scenes on the final design for the scheme and will be shared with the public when finalised.  

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