Melksham High Street footway improvements
Works to improve the footway on the western side of the High Street in Melksham, between the Market Place and the signalised pedestrian crossing, will begin on Sunday 21 June for five weeks.
The works will involve excavating the existing surface and laying new slabs and kerbs to match the market place, and it will mean the closure of the footway, with pedestrians diverted to the pavement on the other side of the road.
The taxi rank outside Lloyds bank will also be temporarily closed, but the alternative rank in the Market Place will be available.
Temporary traffic signals will be required for the first two weeks to manage the work between the Co-operative Travel Agents and the pedestrian crossing. However, to keep disruption to a minimum and speed up construction in this section, the contractors will be working extended hours during the week and on Sundays to complete the works in advance of the anticipated opening of the shops in this area a nail salon, hairdressers and the travel agents.
Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
This work will improve Melksham High Street and make it a more attractive place for people to visit and shop something that will be crucial during the coming months.
Our teams have ensured there is space on the High Street for social distancing, and we have communicated with affected businesses to keep any disruption to a minimum, as and when businesses reopen.
We will be monitoring the works over the course of the five weeks, and will review the traffic management and pedestrian facilities during the works if required.