Have Your Say on Improvements to Tamworth’s Rail Station Gateway

Tamworth train stationPeople in Tamworth can have their say on improvements on the gateway between the rail station and the town centre.

The link is being enhanced as part of a wider project to improve transport links in the borough.  The latest phase of the project will see enhancements to Victoria Road taking in its junctions with Bolebridge Street, Marmion Street, Albion Street and Alexandra Mews.

People can view the plans and have their say online now.  The final plans will then be displayed at a public exhibition in the spring, with work due to start later in the year.

The Tamworth Linkages project is a partnership between the county and borough councils.  Last year saw the first phase of improvements, enhancing the route between the town centre and Ventura Park for pedestrians and cyclists.  The £500,000 project has seen new surfacing with the laying of flagstones and gravel, new bollards and heritage style lighting as well as the recent works to improve the access in to Ventura Park.

Tamworth Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy and education Steve Claymore said, “The linkages project is a crucial part of our long-term, ongoing work to improve and regenerate Tamworth town centre and I am pleased to see that the second phase is imminent.

“The project aims to provide an attractive and welcoming link between the town centre, Ventura Park and the railway station, which will encourage people to make the most of what Tamworth has to offer.  This sits alongside a wide range of public and private sector regeneration projects, both ongoing and in the pipeline, to secure the future of the town centre.”

Staffordshire County Council’s economy, environment and transport leader Cllr Mark Winnington said, “Victoria Road provides the main pedestrian route from Tamworth rail station to the town centre and it is therefore important that we make it as attractive as possible.  We want people’s first impressions of Tamworth to be good and enhancing the links between transport and leisure hubs forms part of our wider regeneration package for the town.

“It’s important that we get this right for the community and so we would like people to have their say to shape the final scheme.  We are working closely with the borough council to make it a great place to live, work, visit and invest and we look forward to more progress on the project in 2016.”

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