Chelmsford's Moulsham Street Reopens
17 October 2011, 18:49
Moulsham Street in Chelmsford has reopened to traffic, ahead of schedule.
The improvement scheme, which started in May, was designed to make the street more welcoming for shoppers and visitors by widening pavements and changing the line of the road between Parkway and New Writtle Street.
It's hoped the new pavements and narrower roads will reduce traffic speeds and make it easier and safer for pedestrians to use and cross the street.
The old streetlights have been removed and most of the new streetlights are now connected.
The paved footways, granite kerbs and channels are in place, the carriageway has been resurfaced and the raised road surface at the entrance to the street has been laid.
A Traffic Regulation Order to control parking in the area came into effect on 1 October, to prevent parking on pavements, to allow deliveries in two loading bays and provide an area for disabled parking.
Special parking concessions will temporarily remain in place in car parks at George Street (Moulsham Street Car Park) and Parkway, with on-street parking available further along Moulsham Street beyond New Writtle
Installation of improved seating, cycle stands, refurbished litter bins and bollards is almost complete.
Traders are now working on plans for a unique Christmas street party event and grand lighting up ceremony on 26 November.
Chelmsford Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Neil Gulliver said: "Moulsham Street’s relative narrowness and varied architecture with 21 listed buildings along the street, give it an intimate ‘village’ feel.
"It is renowned for its independent shops and businesses, eating and drinking, and its location just away from the High Street.
"We all appreciated the importance of doing this work to refresh the street whilst at the same time maintaining footfall through Moulsham Street during the improvements.
"Keeping pedestrian walkways open along the entire length of the scheme, enabled continued access to shops and businesses and this was really appreciated by traders."