Being aware of the dates should reduce people’s frustration at having to endure seemingly endless disruption to facilities and the inconvenience this causes. Many are also disturbed by the blot on the city scape that such works create.
As a result of direct requests to Sir Albert Bore, Council Leader, and the Highways Department the following information has been obtained:
.There are a combination of works which are supported by detailed planned works programmes. The current broad timescales for completion are as follows.
Metro Extension to Stephenson Street – The current works between Bull Street and Stephenson Street are scheduled for completion in December 2015.
Cofeley Heat and Power – The current planned works are to recommence on 10 January after the Christmas working restrictions in the City Centre. This work will complete the New Street route through to Corporation Street in order to feed the New Street Station development and is planned for completion by Autumn 2015. There is a further planned route along New Street to marry with works already completed in High Street which will also take place during this timeframe.
New Street Station Gateway – The targeted opening date for the new concourse atrium and the John Lewis store is September 2015. Most of the external works will be completed by then but further highway and public realm works will continue into 2016, particularly in the Smallbrook Queensway area of the station access.
Paradise Circus – Work will commence on the redevelopment of Paradise Circus in January 2015. Whilst this programme is yet to be finalised, this work will involve major changes to highway and pedestrian routes in the vicinity between 2015 and 2018, with the major road changes likely to be completed in Spring 2016. Over the next few weeks more information will be made available to the public with regard to the phasing of the project.
Like all major projects, unforseen problems can alter timescales. Any changes that become known through the Committee’s contact with the key people will be reported on this website.
Article by Geoff Caine