Sheep Street/Silver Street Improvements
Improvements to Sheep Street/Silver Street began on 4th May 2010 and completed ahead of schedule on the 17th September 2010.
A circus themed street party officially opened the road on the 25th September 2010.
The £2 million initiative is being delivered by the Northamptonshire Capital Programme Deliver Team which consists of Northamptonshire County Council (NCC), the Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW), North Northants Development Company (NNDC) and MGWSP, NCC's service provider. It is funded through Growth Area Funding, through NNDC.
This work forms the first phase of a series of improvements to the town centre and follows a consultation exercise which was held last summer. Exhibitions were set up to showcase the plans and feedback was invited and discussed.
The fresh new look to the streets provide more space for pedestrians, with improved road crossings, and a rejuvenation of public spaces. A dedicated bus lane has also been introduced, giving bus priority to encourage public transport use.
The council's ambition is to make the town centre more accessible, convenient and safer for pedestrians while maintaining access to the town for vehicles. High quality paving on footways and around pedestrian crossings will create a more accessible, integrated and pedestrian-friendly environment.
Sheep Street/Silver Street is just the start of a series of improvement phases. It is all part of a much wider approach to enhance the town centre, which will see later improvements taking place in Market Street/Gloucester Place, Croyland Gardens and the High Street.