Work has begun on a new zebra crossing in Sheepmarket, Stamford.
Lincolnshire County Council contractors began a programme of improvements in the area today (Monday, October 5). As well as the crossing, they will also widen the footpath in Castle Street and resurface Sheepmarket, Castle Street and Castle Dyke. Some parking spaces in Castle Dyke will be removed.
The work is expected to last four weeks and there will be occasional road closures.
Area highways officer Craig Harrison said: “This is a busy shopping area in Stamford and the zebra crossing will link the footpath on Castle Dyke with the pedestrianised area surrounding Queen Eleanor’s Cross.
“It also forms part of the Stamford Gateway project, improving access for pedestrians to the bus station and railway station.
“By removing the parking on Castle Dyke, access will also be improved to the nearby car parks as traffic will be able to move more freely.
“The roads are being resurfaced as part of the works, ensuring they’ll be in good condition for years to come.”
Traffic management systems will be in place during the works, including three-way traffic lights and stop and go signs to keep traffic moving.
There will be occasional road closures which will be kept to a minimum and will be clearly signposted nearer the time. These will include full day road closures during surfacing operations with a diversion route via St. Johns’ Street, Red Lion Square and All Saints Street. At these times, parking will be prohibited along Sheepmarket, Castle Street and Castle Dyke.
The permanent suspension of short-term parking along Castle Dyke will allow traffic to flow in both directions, which will reduce congestion for traffic using the car parks.
Public parking on Bath Row will be permitted during the works, however access to the car parks will be via Kings Mill Lane during closures on Castle Dyke and the public are advised to use different car parks at these times where possible.