HIGHWAYS chiefs have claimed improvement works in Evesham to relieve congestion and enhance the town centre are progressing well.
The works are taking place on Port Street and the Waterside/Port Street Junction and are part of Worcestershire County Council’s commitment to tackling congestion and improving town centres across the county.
So far, works have focussed on reconstructing the paving along Port Street between Waterside and the junction with Burford Road. To allow these works to take place a full road closure was required, which has now been lifted.
The street lighting along Port Street has been upgraded and new traffic signals have been installed outside the Regal Cinema.
Work has also taken place at the Waterside junction, including the installation of a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing, removing the existing traffic signals and resurfacing works.
Coun Alan Amos, cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “It’s great to see these works really pushing forward and you can already get an idea of the difference these improvements will make.
“Once the works are complete, the area will be more attractive for businesses, residents and visitors and they will also help to reduce congestion, often experienced in this area.
“I’d like to thank the local residents and businesses for their patience and support during the recent full road closure.”
Over the coming weeks, works will continue on the reconstruction of the footways on Port Street up to the junction with Church Street. These works are taking place under a one-way road closure to eastbound traffic with a diversion in place. Traffic can travel westbound towards the town centre at all times of the day.
Significant improvements to the open space outside the former Talbot Pub will also take place, intended not only to improve the aesthetics but to enhance safety for all users with the introduction of a new loading bay and safer walking route.
The works are set for completion in the autumn.
Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/portstreet for more.