Works to enhance Yarm Town Centre have reached the mid-way point.
A number of improvements are being made as part of Stockton Council’s £500,000 investment in the High Street.
Works began in April and today (Friday 6 June) all of the improvements north of the Town Hall were completed.
The focus will now turn to south of the Town Hall and as a result Central Street will be closed on Sundays between 8 June and 6 July so the area between the High Street and the entrance to Central Street can be paved. In the case of bad weather affecting works it may also close on additional Sundays before the end of July. Traffic will be diverted via Mill Wynd.
The Pelican crossing at the south side of the Town Hall will also be closed so a temporary crossing point will be positioned north of the Town Hall and the bus stop near the Black Bull will be temporarily relocated further south, near the Lotus Lounge.
The improvements include:
- Improving access to the Town Hall, disabled toilet and war memorial by paving the area around the Town Hall with Yorkshire Stone which is being complemented by a small area of granite “cobble sets”
- Upgrading the Pelican crossings to Puffin crossings so people can cross the road more easily and safely
- New lighting to illuminate the Town Hall at night
- Installing two new bus shelters on the High Street.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “It is good to see this scheme progressing and I’m sure that people who work, live and visit Yarm will all benefit from the improvements when they are finished later this summer.
“All of the works are sympathetic to the High Street’s unique character and attractive environment. There will inevitably be some disruption but we will do all that we can to keep it to a minimum.”
Earlier this year the old 1980s style street lights were replaced with a style much more in keeping with the town’s character and all of the remaining works will be complete by the end of July.
For further information on Stockton Council’s investment in Yarm visit www.stockton.gov.uk/investinginyarm