A STRETCH of pavement and carriageway in the town centre is to be affected by closures over the next five months while essential building repair works are carried out.
The footway, a bus stop and taxi rank in Oxford Road will be affected by works being carried out by the owners of the McIlroy building, opposite Broad Street Mall, from Monday 27th February.
The owners of the old McIlroy department store, which has been converted into an apartment block, need to carry out structural repairs to the basement of the building.
The works will require closure of the footway in four phases between Cheapside and West Street but a temporary walkway will be created on the layby area of the carriageway and access will be maintained to the shops.
The installation of a formal pedestrian crossing across the west side of the Target Junction, following the traffic signal switch off trial, has been delayed as a result but will commence at the end of the building works in July.
A works compound will be located on the carriageway which will require the suspension of bus stop CY and the taxi bay. Parts of the loading bay will be closed during the works but space will remain available for loading and unloading throughout.
Passengers for the purple 17 bus will be able to use the next bus stop (CV) instead while jet black 1, lime 2/2a, sky blue 15/15a/16, yellow 26 and royal blue 33/33a will stop to set down customers in West Street at bus stop CU.
The works are due to start on 27th February and run until 28th July. Following that, work on the new Oxford Road crossing outside the main entrance of the Broad Street Mall will commence as part of the Target Junction scheme.
Councillor Tony Page, Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:
“Council officers have been working closely with the owners of the McIlroy building to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for residents during their repair works, which I understand need to be carried out with some urgency.
“Access will be maintained for pedestrians at all times and inconvenience to bus users should be minimal.
“Unfortunately, the works will delay the Council’s plans for a new pedestrian crossing outside the Broad Street Mall entrance which is a key part of the Council’s Target Junction scheme. We will commence work on that project as soon as possible after the repair works are complete.”