Diversions are expected to be in place close to the site of Stockton’s new Hampton by Hilton Hotel next week as work to upgrade the public footpaths begins.
Weather permitting, improvements to the pavements on The Square and Church Road will start early next week and take around 16 weeks to complete.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, Councillor Nigel Cooke, said: “Anyone walking or driving past the hotel site will notice just how quickly the structure is going up. It is fantastic to see such fast progress and we need to make sure appropriate access to the hotel is put in place which is why we need to start the footpath works now.”
Lane closures and a temporary one-way system will be in place on The Square and the lanes on Church Road will be narrowed to allow the works to take place.
Vehicles will not be able to turn into The Square from Church Road during this time and will only be able to exit The Square onto Church Road.
Access to Municipal Buildings Car Park will be maintained at all times, however, drivers will need to follow a signed diversion route along Church Road onto Thistle Green & Bishop Street to access it.
The 128-bed hotel is being built by construction contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, on the former dairy car park site.
The site forms part of the mixed-use Northshore regeneration scheme, incorporating new offices, homes and leisure facilities near Stockton town centre.
The 56-acre, £300million scheme is a partnership between Muse Developments, the Homes and Communities Agency and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.