- Where: The Avenue and Lovers Walk
- What: Proposed improvements to The Avenue
- Why: To complete a safer, dedicated pedestrian and cycle route for the city's north-south corridor and to widen the existing route along Lovers Walk to cater for current use.
- How: Proposed to be funded as part of a Transforming Cities Fund awarded in March 2020
July 2021 - Work progressing well
Phase one of the works has been progressing well and we have now moved to the inbound side. Work on phase two is also underway managing the overhanging trees and upgrading the street lighting.
June 2021 - Work starting
Thank you to all those who took the time to participated in the consultation last year. The elements we are taking forward at this stage are the pedestrian access upgrades, including improvements to crossings and a new Toucan Crossing on The Avenue to give better access to the Common. These changes will improve accessibility and support people with their travel choices, encouraging active and safe travel where possible.
The works are planned to start from Monday 21 June for approximately 10 weeks and will be delivered over four phases as outlined below. More information about the consultation and updates about the other elements can be found on the consultation page. More is also available about The Avenue earlier phases phase 1 & 2 as well as phase 3.
Phases of work
The works are planned to start from Monday 21 June for approximately 10 weeks and will be delivered over four phases as follows:
Phase 1: 21 June for up to 7 weeks – Installation of a new toucan crossing on The Avenue, junction improvements at Winn Road and continuous crossings at The Cowherds entrances
These works will see the construction of a new toucan crossing between Winn Road and The Common. There will also be changes to the Winn Road junction mouth and installation of continuous footways across Winn Road junction and The Cowherds’ access roads to give pedestrians and cyclists priority over vehicles. The work will temporarily narrow The Avenue to one lane, at this location, with access maintained via temporary traffic lights that will be manually operated at peak times. It will also require the closure of Winn Road junction for the duration as this will also provide us with a site compound. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout. There will be a signed diversion route via Westwood Road.
Phase 2: 21 June for up to 10 weeks – Tree management and street lighting improvements From Highfield Avenue to Winn Road
This is to cut back overhanging trees and to carry out street lighting upgrades. The work will require lane narrowing along The Avenue; however, two-way traffic will be maintained throughout. The date for these works is a guide; the works will be carried within this period. Cyclists will use the Road, and drivers will be asked not to overtake cyclists.
Phase 3: 9 August for up to 3 weeks – Westwood Road junction with The Avenue improvements
These works will modify the junction mouth and install a continuous footway crossing to give pedestrians and cyclists priority over vehicles. The work will require the closure of Westwood Road junction for the duration as this will also provide us with a site compound. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout. There will be a signed vehicle diversion route via Winn Road.
Phase 4: 9 August for up to 1 week – Highfield Road at the junction with the Avenue.
This is to install a tactile dropped crossing for pedestrians crossing Highfield Road. The work will require junction narrowing, but vehicle access will be maintained through give and take.
We will be returning to apply an anti-skid surfacing to either side of the new Toucan Crossing on The Avenue in the Autumn; we will publicise this closer to the time.
In addition to this, we continue to review the temporary cycle lanes along The Avenue in order to assess the impact, and a decision will be made over the Summer on the provision of cycling infrastructure in the area.
Map showing phasing and works area: (Lane restrictions will extend further)