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Improvement works at Castle Street, Trowbridge are underway

Improvement works at Castle Street in Trowbridge started this week, with traffic road closures in place to ensure work is completed in November – ahead of the Christmas shopping period.

Businesses will be open as usual.

Castle Street is one of five key routes into and around Trowbridge town centre to benefit from improvements as part of the £16 million government’s Future High Streets Fund to improve walking and cycling access to the town centre.

The first scheme was the improvements to the junction of Church Street and Union Street which completed in April this year.

The second phase of works will focus on the area from the Court Street roundabout to Market Street junction and will involve widening the footpath on the western side and to continue paving works on both sides of Castle Street. Street lighting improvements and road surfacing will also take place.

The overall work for the remaining three schemes which includes Wicker Hill and Hill Street, including Fore Street, Manvers Street and, lastly, Roundstone Street will all be completed in phases with the last one completing in 2025.

Cllr Caroline Thomas, Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The first phase is coming together nicely and once completed next month will make a real difference to those people who use this key pedestrian link from St Stephen’s Place complex into the town centre.

“The road closure will, unfortunately, cause some disruption to local people, and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience. We would encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys. We will ensure, however, that planned events such as the carnival procession will be accommodated.

“We hope people can begin to see the benefits these enhancements will bring both through the completed Church Street and Union Street junction plus the improvements done so far at Castle Street.”