The transformation of Hall Gate in Doncaster town centre has begun.
Hall Gate will become a highly attractive and vibrant area thanks to the £2 million Quality Streets scheme.
The raft of improvements will see the road made into a one way street. This means footway paving areas can be widened and enhanced providing more outside space for businesses to introduce alfresco areas. The transformation will see the existing parking bays replaced with loading bays, better bus stops installed and a dedicated cycle lane. New lighting, specimen trees and quality York stone will provide additional appeal for visitors.
To enable the works to take place safely, Hall Gate needs to be closed for traffic with a diversion in place. It will be open for pedestrians and the shops will be open for business as normal.
Once Hall Gate is complete in spring 2019, work to improve Silver Street will follow.
Silver Street is set for a big makeover too. It will become a one-way street during the day and closed for traffic in an evening. This will encourage more alfresco areas and ensure it is a pedestrian friendly space.
High quality landscaping materials will be used to dramatically change the feel of the area and a bespoke lighting scheme will bring animation and colour adding to the visitor experience.
The Quality Streets scheme is part of the Innovation Quarter in the overarching Urban Centre Masterplan.
Cllr Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Economic Development, said: “I am delighted to see work get underway on this important Quality Streets project. Bringing this part of town alive through this major regeneration scheme shows our commitment to creating the right conditions to attract new investment into the town centre and encouraging more visitors which will help support businesses.
“We are delivering the ambitions of our Urban Centre Masterplan and investing for the future. These are exciting times for the town centre and the rest of our borough.”
The Quality Streets scheme is benefiting from £1.35 million from Sheffield City Region Growth Fund (SCRIF) which has come from the Local Growth Fund (LGF). This is Government funding awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for projects that benefit the local area and economy. £476,000 has also come from Transforming Cites, a national funding pot.
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: " When I became Mayor I promised to support the regeneration of Doncaster town centre, so I am delighted that work to revitalise Hall Gate is set to begin.
“It is vital that we rethink how our town centres work to ensure they remain vibrant and sustainable places where more people live, work and visit. Doncaster has set out an ambitious but deliverable masterplan to achieve. The investment put into this project by the Local Growth Fund, which comes via the Local Enterprise Partnership, will transform Doncaster town centre.”
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.
That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
The Quality Streets project should be complete by September 2019.