The Shambles Worcester

The scheme to improve The Shambles and Church Street aims to deliver an attractive functional and durable area of the city centre.
The scheme to improve The Shambles and Church Street aims to deliver an attractive functional and durable area of the city centre.
Published Friday, 19th July 2019

Latest Updates regarding the major City Centre Improvement scheme in the Shambles and Church Street in Worcester.

15 August 2019

Work on The Shambles takes another significant step forward

The city centre programme of improvement works for The Shambles in Worcester has taken another step forward with the completion of the works on Church Street.

Throughout July, the focus of the works was on the large section of paving running from High Street to St. Swithun’s Church. This involved removing the existing block paving and laying new natural stone paving slabs.

Work has also taken place to install a new drainage channel to collect and divert rainwater into the existing drainage system.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "Work on The Shambles is progressing well, and the final picture really is beginning to take shape. The new natural stone on Church Street looks great and provides a real feature for the area.

"Once the work is complete, the area will be significantly improved, providing another example of the investments being made to improve the city and town centres across Worcestershire."

Works now switch to the completion of the new footway and kerbing around the junction of Trinity Street and St Swithin’s Street. To allow this work to take place a full road closure will be in place on Trinity Street from Monday 19 August for one week.

During the works, there will be no access for vehicles to St Swithin’s Street, Mealcheapen Street and The Shambles, but the streets remain open for those using the footpaths. There will also be no access to the disabled parking bays on Trinity Street, alternative parking arrangements can be found at www.worcester.gov.uk/parking-sites.

For pedestrians, the taxi rank on The Cross will not be accessible between 10.30am-4.30pm, people are advised to use the Queen Street rank during these hours.

Further road closures are scheduled over the coming months, to allow for completion of the works and we will do all we can to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.

 

The main works on Church Street are now complete, as part of the Shambles improvement project.

 

 

19 July 2019

Please see the below information about temporary changes and road closures planned, to complete work on the Shambles and Church Street. The closures will be to vehicles only. The street will always remain open to pedestrians.

15 July: a temporary loading bay arrangement for 12 weeks

The first 12m of the Loading Bay and Taxi Rank on the east end of St Swithins Street will close this arrangement will be in place for 12 weeks. Permit required for incursion only. Download the map 1 for further information.

12 August: a closure of disabled parking spaces on Trinity Street for 2 weeks

The disabled parking bays on Trinity Street will be closed for 2 weeks. Permit required for incursion only. Download the map 2 for further information.

19 August: Trinity Street at its junction with The Trinity will close for 1 week

Trinity Street full closure – on 19 August, Trinity Street at its junction with The Trinity will close for 1 week. The closure will mean that St Swithins Street, Mealcheapen Street and the Shambles will all be inaccessible (alternative delivery locations are identified on the drawing). Permit required for full 24-hour closure, Monday 19 to Sunday 25 August. Download the map 3 for further information.

27 August: the Shambles from just beyond its junction with Mealcheapen Street will close for 1 week

The Shambles full Closure – on 27 August, the Shambles from just beyond its junction with Mealcheapen Street will close for 1 week (alternative delivery locations are identified on the drawing). Permit required for full 24-hour closure, Tuesday 27 August to Monday 2 September. Download the map 4 for further information.

3 September: the Shambles from just beyond its junction with Mealcheapen Street will close for 4 weeks between 6am and 4.30pm

The Shambles restricted hours closure – on 3 September, the Shambles from just beyond its junction with Mealcheapen Street will close for 4 weeks between 6am and 4.30pm (we will direct businesses will be directed to undertake deliveries during the evenings). Permit required for closure between 6am and 4.30pm, Tuesday 3 to Friday 27 September. Download the map 5 for further information.

30 September: Trinity Street at its junction with The Trinity will be closed for 5 nights between 8pm and 6.30am

Trinity Street night time closure – on 30 September, Trinity Street at its junction with The Trinity will be closed for 5 nights between 8pm and 6.30am – the closure will mean that St Swithins Street, Mealcheapen Street and the Shambles will all be inaccessible. Permit required for closure between 8pm and 6am, Monday 30 September to Saturday 5 October. Download the map 6 for further information.

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4 June 2019

Work on the western footway up to CEX is now complete. The team will return to complete the remaining section to Pump Street later in the programme.

Work is now progressing along the eastern footway. The new kerbs have been installed and paving works completed to opposite M&S. This includes the installation of a new linear drainage system, which will replace the existing channels running through the centre of The Shambles.

Over the coming weeks, works will continue along the eastern footway back to the junction with Mealcheapen Street. From there, work will move into Church Street.


13 May 2019

Work on The Shambles is progressing well

The city centre programme of improvement works for The Shambles in Worcester is progressing well.

Work is currently focussed on the western footway and includes resurfacing the footways and carriageway, introducing segregated loading bays for delivery vehicles, planting suitable trees, improving street furniture and upgrading street lighting.

Over the coming weeks, work will continue down the western footway towards Pump Street and then switch to the eastern footway and work back up The Shambles.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "Work on The Shambles is progressing nicely and you can already see the difference these improvements are making.

"Once the work is complete, the area will be significantly improved, providing another example of the investments being made to improve the city and town centres across Worcestershire."

Marie Samuels, Retail Area Manager at Pavers Shoes, said: “We joined The Shambles over a year ago now and the area has seen some vast improvements to the thoroughfare.

"The shop remains open during all of the ongoing works. The teams have kept us updated and we have worked alongside them to ensure as little disruption as possible to trade.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers at this time but look forward to working in an improved environment when the work is complete.”

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8 March 2019

Work on the Shambles to begin later this month

The city centre programme of improvement works for The Shambles and Church Street in Worcester is set to begin later this month. 

Work will begin during the week starting Monday, 18 March following the completion of major works carried out in the area by Severn Trent Water.

The scheme is being delivered by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with Worcester City Council who is jointly funding the project.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "I'm delighted that work is beginning on this scheme to improve The Shambles and Church Street.

"The planned works will significantly improve this historic area of Worcester City and will also complement the improvements made in other areas of the city over the last few years. It is another example of our Town Centre Improvement Programme which has been successful in other areas of the county."  

Cllr Adrian Gregson, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council’s Place and Economic Sub Committee said: “The Shambles is one of Worcester city centre’s most popular retail areas. These improvements, which we are jointly funding with the County Council, will help to ensure that The Shambles continues to be a vibrant place which people want to shop, visit and socialise in.  We apologise for any disruption caused while the works are underway.”

The scheme to improve The Shambles and Church Street aims to deliver an attractive multifunctional and durable area of the city centre. It also aims to improve footfall to the street and in turn, boost the local economy.

Included in the scheme are plans to resurface the footways and road, introduce segregated loading bays for delivery vehicles, the plating of suitable street trees, improvements to street furniture and an upgrade to street lighting.

21 January 2019

The project team hosted a series of Public Information Exercises at the Guildhall throughout December, providing more detail about the improvement works for the Shambles and Church Street.

Download The Shambles Public Information Exercise Summary

The works will begin, once Severn Trent has completed main renewal works in this area. The updates to this area of Worcester City Centre will see footpaths widened, segregated loading bays introduced, obstructions removed, street trees will be planted to improve the overall look and feel of the two streets.

6 December 2018

A series of public information sessions regarding the The Shambles and Church Street city centre improvement scheme will be held at the Guildhall in Worcester. The sessions will be held at the Guildhall from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday 11th December and from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday 12th December.

The scheme, which is a joint project with our colleagues at Worcester City Council, aims to deliver an attractive functional and durable area of the city centre.

For the full story please read: The Shambles is set for a makeover