Worcester High Street upgrade work planned to take place through the night to help traders


Improvement works in High Street, Worcester, between The Cross and Pump Street, aiming to help the local economy by making the area more appealing to shoppers have been planned to take place overnight to cut potential disruption for local traders and motorists.

Resurfacing, funded by Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council and National Grid Gas, will take place over five nights in April with road closures in place between 7.30pm and 5am.

The improvement is planned following the completion of gas mains replacement with materials being used similar to those of a successful project in Oxford to ensure it's in-keeping with the conservation of the area.

Businesses will be contacted by the County Council with further details about the project. Those with questions can get in touch with officers via the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005.

Cllr John Smith OBE, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: "This is an excellent opportunity to reinstate this area in a way that's consistent with the local conservation. It's very pleasing the County Council, Worcester City Council and utility company have worked together to manage the essential works to keep disruption to a minimum, whilst at the same time ensuring a positive outcome for everyone."

Cllr Simon Geraghty, Leader of Worcester City Council said: "Worcester's High Street is the heart of the City's retail economy and used daily by thousands of workers, shoppers and visitors. It was a concern when we learnt of the extent of the gas mains work but by working together we will ensure that the condition of the High Street is improved. A new uniform surface will enhance the City Centre, support our aim to attract more visitors and make it an even more appealing environment for shoppers."