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Stockton town centre's multi-million pound transformation moves to the next phase

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Major works will start on Stockton High Street next week to help transform it into a bustling and popular town centre.

As part of the town's £38 million regeneration programme the road layout is changing at the south end of the High Street. The bus stops and taxi rank will also be repositioned to reflect the new road arrangements which will speed up journey times and make it easier for people to get into the town.

People travelling in by car will also find it easier to get to shops, businesses, eateries and other night life in the town thanks to the introduction of a new short-stay car park next to the Shambles and more car park spaces in front of the post office.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays the new car park beside the Shambles will become a dedicated space for the 700 year-old Stockton Market with stall-holders also occupying space south of the town hall, close to the Castlegate Centre.

New paving, street furniture and trees will also give the southern end of the High Street, from the Town Hall to Yarm Lane, a whole new look and feel.

Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: "I'm confident the newly designed High Street will make a real difference to the future success of the town centre.

"It will be easier to get into the town and the whole shopping and visitor experience will be transformed.

"Stockton Town Centre already has something for everyone, markets, events and fabulous leisure facilities to name but a few. These significant improvements will make it easier for people to rediscover what Stockton Town Centre can offer while enjoying their time in the town as well."

From Monday (24 September), barriers will be installed around the construction area to keep people safe, but they will be see-through so visitors and shoppers can watch the transformation take shape.

During trading hours, it will still be possible to access all of the shops, businesses and market stalls while the works take place.

Chair of Stockton Town Team, Joanna Wake, said: "It is fantastic to see the physical changes to the High Street progressing.

"We want more people to come into the town centre and sample what Stockton has to offer and these improvements will make it easier for people to do just that."

Anyone visiting the town by car after 3pm will be able to park for free in any of the Council run car parks from 24 September until Christmas.

Clearly signed temporary bus stops will be in operation at times when some of the existing bus stops are being moved.

Similarly, a taxi rank will remain operational, however, this will need to move at times to enable the works to take place.

This first phase of High Street improvements is due to be complete by summer 2013 and after that the contractors will make their way up the High Street, creating a high quality central area, new spaces for people to sit, relax and play and areas for events and specialist markets.

Meanwhile work is already under way to improve access from the south of the town. Contractors are removing the roundabout at the junction of Stockton's Riverside and Bridge Road (near the Halfords store).

Two new linked signal-controlled junctions will take the place of the roundabout to improve traffic flow through the junction, whilst realignment of Riverside will straighten out its connection with 1825 Way, which links central Stockton with the A66 trunk route and Ingleby Barwick.

The improved junction will be known as St John’s Crossing, after the point nearby where the Stockton & Darlington Railway once crossed Bridge Road and where the first rail was laid in 1822.

Similarly, at Maxwell's Corner, at the northern end of the Town Centre, the existing junction is being improved and on street parking and loading bays are being introduced. The traffic signals are being upgraded and new paving is being laid, again to make it easier for people to visit the town centre.

The new junction arrangement will speed up bus journey times and allow buses to travel along the High Street and back again.

Loading bays will be introduced at the northern end of the High Street and parking outside businesses on Bishopton Lane will make it easier for shoppers.

Both the Maxwell's Corner and St John's Crossing improvements are part of the £57.6 million Department for Transport funded Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements project which aims to improve the reliability and punctuality of bus services across the Tees Valley.

Major works will start on Stockton High Street next week to help transform it into a bustling and popular town centre.

Stockton town centreAs part of the town's £38 million regeneration programme the road layout is changing at the south end of the High Street. The bus stops and taxi rank will also be repositioned to reflect the new road arrangements which will speed up journey times and make it easier for people to get into the town.

People travelling in by car will also find it easier to get to shops, businesses, eateries and other night life in the town thanks to the introduction of a new short-stay car park next to the Shambles and more car park spaces in front of the post office.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays the new car park beside the Shambles will become a dedicated space for the 700 year-old Stockton Market with stall-holders also occupying space south of the town hall, close to the Castlegate Centre.

New paving, street furniture and trees will also give the southern end of the High Street, from the Town Hall to Yarm Lane, a whole new look and feel.

Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: "I'm confident the newly designed High Street will make a real difference to the future success of the town centre.

"It will be easier to get into the town and the whole shopping and visitor experience will be transformed.

"Stockton Town Centre already has something for everyone, markets, events and fabulous leisure facilities to name but a few. These significant improvements will make it easier for people to rediscover what Stockton Town Centre can offer while enjoying their time in the town as well."

From Monday (24 September), barriers will be installed around the construction area to keep people safe, but they will be see-through so visitors and shoppers can watch the transformation take shape.

During trading hours, it will still be possible to access all of the shops, businesses and market stalls while the works take place.

Chair of Stockton Town Team, Joanna Wake, said: "It is fantastic to see the physical changes to the High Street progressing. 

"We want more people to come into the town centre and sample what Stockton has to offer and these improvements will make it easier for people to do just that."

Anyone visiting the town by car after 3pm will be able to park for free in any of the Council run car parks from 24 September until Christmas.

Clearly signed temporary bus stops will be in operation at times when some of the existing bus stops are being moved.

Similarly, a taxi rank will remain operational, however, this will need to move at times to enable the works to take place.

This first phase of High Street improvements is due to be complete by summer 2013 and after that the contractors will make their way up the High Street, creating a high quality central area, new spaces for people to sit, relax and play and areas for events and specialist markets.

Meanwhile work is already under way to improve access from the south of the town.  Contractors are removing the roundabout at the junction of Stockton's Riverside and Bridge Road (near the Halfords store).

Two new linked signal-controlled junctions will take the place of the roundabout to improve traffic flow through the junction, whilst realignment of Riverside will straighten out its connection with 1825 Way, which links central Stockton with the A66 trunk route and Ingleby Barwick.

The improved junction will be known as St John’s Crossing, after the point nearby where the Stockton & Darlington Railway once crossed Bridge Road and where the first rail was laid in 1822.

Similarly, at Maxwell's Corner, at the northern end of the Town Centre, the existing junction is being improved and on street parking and loading bays are being introduced.  The traffic signals are being upgraded and new paving is being laid, again to make it easier for people to visit the town centre.

The new junction arrangement will speed up bus journey times and allow buses to travel along the High Street and back again.

Loading bays will be introduced at the northern end of the High Street and parking outside businesses on Bishopton Lane will make it easier for shoppers.

Both the Maxwell's Corner and St John's Crossing improvements are part of the £57.6 million Department for Transport funded Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements project which aims to improve the reliability and punctuality of bus services across the Tees Valley.