Latest phase of Bilston High Street link open to the public
May 2, 2017
Striking image of Wolverhampton’s new city centre market.
Works on the latest phase of the Bilston High Street pedestrian and cycle link have now been completed – and it is now open to the public.
Temporary landscaping has been put in place ahead of the final development proposal being determined.
The council acquired and demolished seven derelict properties, improved the ground conditions and dealt with shallow coal workings, to pave the way for the works, which started in early February.
In addition to a wide path through the centre, the site benefits from grassed areas and shrubs, and the design of the temporary scheme enables the open space to be used for events in the town.
A new pedestrian and cycle crossing on Pinfold Street will also be installed later in the year to ensure the route is easy, safe and convenient to use.
The link runs past the Bert Williams Leisure Centre, South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy, through to Bilston Urban Village - where new and improved areas of open space will be developed this year and where up to 450 houses are being built – through to Ladymoor Pool.
Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “The development of the Bilston High Street link is important to the economy of the town. It ensures that the town centre benefits from the investment being attracted onto the urban village site.
“Bilston Urban Village is a key part of the wider regeneration of the city, bringing new homes, new jobs and more investment.
“All of this demonstrates our commitment to Bilston and ensures it will continue to be a thriving area.”
While the final development is yet to be determined, the council was keen to see the establishment of the route to the High Street. This follows the construction of the link across Pinfold Street car park in 2015.