Work to improve the public realm, paving and the approach to Stoke-on-Trent railway station will start next week.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council will be replacing worn out footpaths and kerbs on sections of Station Road and Leek Road, as part of the second phase of the University and Station Quarter improvements programme.
The investment work will see:
- The pavement re-laid on the side of the station, between the Glebe Street junction and the first class lounge;
- The pavement re-laid on Leek Road, on the side opposite Staffordshire University, from the junction to the Royal Mail Sorting Office.
Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “Last year the number of passengers using Stoke-on-Trent railway station topped 3 million for the first time, which was fantastic news and is a sign of the city’s positive transformation. It’s a brilliant facility and we are expecting the number of passengers to rise even further in the future.
“With all those passengers the pavements in the area have understandably taken a bit of a pounding so we are going to be putting down new Tarmac, which will remove any cracks and defects and also make the area look much better.
“The area around the station is a gateway to the city, and for many visitors it will give them their first impression of Stoke-on-Trent – so it’s imperative the area is welcoming and well maintained. We have already trimmed back the trees in the historic Winton Square, so that the beautiful buildings there are more visible. We will be carrying out some more work in Winton Square later in the summer.”
The pavement work follow on from phase one, which saw improvements to the street scene on Glebe Street bridge, Thornton Road and Spencer Road. While the pavement work is carried out, temporary traffic lights will be put in place for the safety of motorists and workers. The work will start on Monday, July 2 and extend for a period of up to eight weeks, including some evening and overnight work to minimise disruption.
Cllr Jellyman added: “We appreciate the work will cause some disruption but it needs doing and when it is finished, the area will look much better. I’d like to thank motorists and pedestrians in advance for their patience while the work takes place.”
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