Newcastle town centre junction closed for three weeks

A junction in Newcastle town centre is being closed off for three weeks as part of work to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

The scheme involves increasing paved pedestrian areas, reducing the road width in some sections and relocating a zebra crossing into the new pedestrian space. In addition, new trees and signs will be installed.

The closure will affect the intersection of High Street, Church Street and Merrial Street.

It will enable enable the central reservation to be removed and drainage work to take place.

A second three week closure will begin on July 3, for resurfacing work and a gas main replacement by National Grid.

Staffordshire County Council’s head of highways James Bailey said: "Work has already started on the Newcastle town centre scheme and next week the team needs to close the junction to traffic. 

"It will aim to get the work done as quickly as possible. 

"The second closure in July will incorporate gas main repairs to minimise disruption. We’d like to thank people for their patience during the works period.”

Letters and proposed diversion routes have been sent to residents and business owners in the area.

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