Westside Link Proposal

We are rethinking and reimagining
the way Wolverhampton city centre operates.

This is important for the future as cities and towns across the UK move away from being primarily retail destinations.

Therefore, a different offer and experience that provides new reasons for people to visit our city centre is crucial to ensure it is vibrant, busy and successful.

The Westside Link proposal forms part of the city’s Connected Places strategy and will limit traffic flows through the city centre core, providing a unique opportunity to create a series of safe and attractive spaces that will allow the city to host varied events.

The scheme will provide improved pedestrian access from the Interchange through the city centre core to the £55 million leisure-led Westside development, which will include a multi-screen cinema.

Phases - The works will be carried out in two phases

Phase 1 - Victoria St, Skinner St, Salop St and School St

Expected to take place between May 2019 and December 2019

  • Removing existing obstructions such as unnecessary street furniture and signage
  • Removing existing roadway in Victoria Street
  • Creating a large spacious area of paving using high quality natural materials to form a simplified and uncluttered space
  • Creation of a new public square.

Phase 2 - Queen Square, Lichfield St, Cheapside, Exchange St and Darlington St

Expected to take place between January 2020 and July 2021

  • Removing the roadway through Queen Square and Lichfield Street whilst retaining cycle access
  • Creation of a new city square formed around the Prince Albert statue to provide an event space
  • Creating a pedestrian friendly environment which is safe and accessible for all
  • Inclusion of mature trees to create an attractive green space within the city centre.

Impact

  • Car parking will not be reduced by the scheme and existing and new car parking will be well positioned for events and activities
  • Disabled parking will be re-accommodated in existing city centre car parks and on-street
  • Bus routes will be redirected and new bus stops provided
  • Relocation of the existing taxi rank in Victoria Street onto School Street or Darlington Street.

The proposals are expected to reduce vacancy rates in the city centre, create jobs and bring in more money to the city economy through a combination of improved retail/leisure activity, as well as produce high-quality public realm imperative to city living expansion and hotel delivery.

Funding

The scheme will be supported by funding from a combination of Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, West Midlands Combined Authority, Defra-Air Quality, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport - Smart City, Events City and match funding.

Exhibition

An exhibition will be held at the Civic Centre weekdays from Monday 8 October until Friday 26 October 2018, between 9am and 4.30pm, and at the Mander Centre on Saturday 13 October, between 10am and 3pm.

The exhibition will showcase the proposals, provide the opportunity to speak to the project leads and give feedback.

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The closing date for comments is Friday 2 November, 2018. If you have any queries about the scheme or would like further information please call Ruth Taylor on 01902 555635.

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City brochure

Phasing plan


City brochure

Victoria Street


City brochure

School Street


City brochure

Queen Square

 

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