Next stage of city's transformation to get under way

The next stage of the city heart transformation will start in South St with preparatory works beginning in July.

South St, from Smythe to High streets, will undergo reconstruction from September to December, weather permitting, before works begin in High St from mid-January.

Attention will then turn to the construction of Bond St in April next year.

Preparatory works in South St will include water main and electrical works starting from Smythe St, and progressing east along South St to High St.

There will be minimal disruption to traffic and parking adjacent to the work zone as it progresses down the street. Adjacent businesses and residents will be given early notice of the progress of the worksa

The works will be done in sections and there will be minimal disruption to traffic through these works.

The reconstruction of South St will be undertaken in two halves as to maintain two-way traffic in South St throughout this stage of works.

Works will begin in High St in mid-January with the completion of the in-ground services. There is expected to be some minor disruption to traffic and a small reduction in car parking during this phase.

The reconstruction of High St will commence in late January 2018 with the road to be shut to through traffic throughout the works period.

Pedestrian access will be maintained to businesses at all times and the council is looking into alternative car parking.

High St is expected to be completed by the end of April, weather permitting.

The council is engaging with traders in the works zone to determine their individual concerns and needs during works.

A new City Heart website will be launched soon and an app is presently under development to be launched ahead of the major works.