Posted on Tuesday 10th November 2020
A £750,000 regeneration scheme in High Street, Burton upon Trent, will begin in the new year.
The funding has come from the Government’s Stronger Towns programme and is additional to the £25million already agreed.
Work will include resurfacing of the road between Worthington Way and New Street and installing new footway paving between Station Street and Market Place using the same materials as the recently completed Station Street improvements. For work to be carried out safely High Street will be closed through the scheme period until the end of May, though pedestrian access will be maintained for businesses. Investigative works are already under way. The scheme is set to start on January 4.
In addition to the improvement works, a separate scheme will take place in coordination to create a bus gate on High Street. This new traffic order will mean only buses and cyclists will be able to access the section of High Street from its junction with Lichfield Street and New Street to the Worthington Way junction, including Market Place. Taxis and delivery vehicles will be able to access High Street from 4pm to 10am. The scheme will improve safety for pedestrian and cyclists.
The High Street scheme follows the successful completion of the Station Street regeneration works.
Staffordshire County Councils’ cabinet member for highways and transport David Williams said:
We look forward to continuing our regenerative work with East Staffordshire Borough Council which has seen Station Street improved before we turn to High Street.
The same project team will be working on the scheme beginning in the new year which managed to complete work on schedule safely through the pandemic period in Station Street.
Revitalising our town centres is more important now than ever. We look forward continuing to contribute to maintaining Burton town centre’s vibrancy into 2021.”
George Allen, deputy leader for regeneration and planning policy at East Staffordshire Borough Council, said:
Public realm and transport improvements on the High Street, following work on Station Street, is a great way to begin our radical transformation of the town centre in Burton and I am very happy the government have supported this project with a further £750,000 worth of funding.
This exemplifies the great collaborative working between both borough and county councils, which is clearly delivering for residents, as well as the effective partnership working of the Burton upon Trent Town Deal Board.”
Burton was one of 100 towns to be selected for up to £25m from the Towns Fund to support it ongoing regeneration and future economic growth.