THE LONG-RUNNING bid to tackle Evesham’s chronic traffic congestion will see a major revamp to one of the town’s busiest junctions.
Work on the Port Street and at the Waterside/Port Street Junction will begin next month as part of Worcestershire County Council’s commitment to relieve congestion and enhance town centres across the county.
The works will include repaving the footways on Port Street, the reconfiguration of the area outside the former Talbot Pub and an update to the traffic signals at the Waterside/Port Street Junction.
Highways chiefs have also confirmed a new controlled pedestrian crossing will be installed on Waterside while the traffic lights on Port Street will be improved along with enhanced street lighting.
Coun Ken Pollock, cabinet member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “The Town Centre Improvements Programme has made substantial changes to other areas in the county and it’s great Evesham is next in line for some work.
“The works which will be undertaken link in with our commitment to tackle known areas of congestion, and this will be addressed here by updating traffic signals and increasing capacity at the Waterside/Port Street Junction.
“These works aim to make the area more attractive for businesses, residents and visitors and they will also help to reduce congestion, that’s often experienced in this area.”
Highways bosses confirmed the work will begin on April 19 with the revamp set to be finished by the summer.
While the works will be carried out in a way as to minimise the impact on businesses and pedestrians as much as possible, road closures and overnight work will be needed during the revamp.
Works will be carried out in three phases and there will also be the need for some road works, raising the prospect of increased congestion at one of the town’s well-known traffic blackspots.
Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/portstreet for more on the revamp.