City centre transformation takes shape

City of Wolverhampton Council has marked a milestone as its multimillion-pound city centre transformation begins taking shape.

Following months of excavation, drainage works and the installation of new kerb lines for the widened footways by contractors Eurovia, the first granite paving is being installed on Victoria Street, School Street and Salop Street.

School Street has also seen the construction of new taxi, loading and disabled bays, along with the new bus stop ready to be re-opened this summer.

The Salop Street taxi and loading bays are now being built and works will also soon begin to develop the new events area at the lower end of Victoria Street.

This phase of the improvement works is on track to be completed by February 2023 and businesses in all the affected streets remain open for business as usual.

Works to improve the environment around the Civic Halls are on course to be completed by autumn 2022 when it reopens its doors under venue operator and concert promoter AEG Presents following a multimillion-pound overhaul.

The carriageway on North Street is being moved closer to the Civic Centre creating a wider area in front of the halls for gathering crowds. The changes will also include a new designated cycle route through North Street, linking to new and improved cycling facilities on the Ring Road. Mitre Fold will become a pedestrian zone, with access for deliveries only.

A new carriageway link between Paternoster Row and North Street is also being constructed to help traffic flow around the halls.

The works are being funded by the £15.7m the council secured from the Government’s Future High Street Fund.