The final work to improve the area near Sidbury Junction in Worcester, will start next week.
The area at the bottom of Commandery Road will be improved with a programme of works following the completion of the scheme this week by Worcestershire County Council to upgrade the signals and improve the junction at Sidbury.
The County Council and Worcester City Council are working together to fund the improvements at what is described as a ‘gateway to the City’. They will be introducing a new pedestrian and seating area along with the restoration of an avenue of trees and new bespoke wildflower planters.
Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, Cllr Alan Amos, said: “Now we have completed the hugely complex scheme to improve the Sidbury Junction, we will now move to completing the improvements at the bottom of Commandery Road.
“This part of the redevelopment of the area is being part funded by Worcester City Council and I’m delighted to be working with them to further improve this ‘gateway to the city’.”
Wildflowers will be planted along the entire length of this area, interspersed between an avenue of 7 similar aged Cherry trees. Some of the semi mature trees to be planted are replacements for those removed to widen the approach to the junction with Sidbury.
The tree that is on site which is the reaching the end of its natural life and showing signs of decay will also be removed and replaced.
In addition, part of the area will be block paved in a granite-coloured stone, reflecting the new natural stone recently introduced outside the Commandery building. New seating will also be introduced to create a viewing area that looks across to the Commandery.
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Chair of Worcester City Council’s Place and Economic Development Sub Committee said: ‘I’d like to thank the County Council for the improvement works they have completed at Sidbury Junction which have already made a massive difference to the area.
“It’s great that both councils are working together to improve the environment around Sidbury by introducing new trees and greenery into this part of the City. These works will complement the new paving which has already been laid, lifting the area as a whole.”
Further improvements will also include replacement of the missing railings along the canal side wall towards its southern end near Bath Road, scheduled to be carried out later this year.
The work is planned to start next week during half term to minimise any disruption and will involve off-peak lane closures in the area at the start of the week.