Work is set to start on Monday 16 February on a major transformation to one of the main shopping streets in Ormskirk town centre.
The scheme will make the pedestrianised section of Moor Street from Moorgate to the clock tower much more attractive and provide a better experience for businesses, shoppers, visitors and everyone who lives and works in the town.
This project is being delivered in partnership between Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council. The scheme will see the pedestrianised section of the street resurfaced with new paving to complement that used on nearby Aughton Street and Church Street. There will also be new seats, decorative lights, litter bins and tree planting, and a revised layout to better accommodate the market stalls.
The scheme is expected to be completed in September.
County Councillor John Fillis, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Ormskirk’s economy depends on being a place where people want to spend time and money, and this investment will make a real difference to the town’s future prosperity.
“There’s a lot of work to be done over the coming months, but the short-term disruption will be worth it because Moor Street will look great once it’s finished.
“This scheme has always been about more than just putting in new paving, it will make a positive difference to the way Moor Street is used, by highlighting Ormskirk’s history and creating a focal point for events and a place where people can meet and gather.
“This scheme is the result of a vision for Ormskirk which is shared by residents, traders, and the county and borough councils. I’m excited to see how the newly designed street will look with new paving, seating, and lighting, and I’m glad to be getting underway with the work.”
Councillor David Westley, leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “This is a very exciting scheme and will help to make Ormskirk town centre an even more vibrant and attractive place for shoppers, visitors and people who live and work here.
“The improvements will help make visiting Ormskirk an even more enjoyable experience and shoppers will look forward to coming to the town even more than they do now. No doubt new visitors will also want to come to Ormskirk because of the work that is being done, and businesses will reap the benefits of this fantastic project for many years to come.”
Throughout the works, Moor Street will be closed to all traffic but pedestrian access to the shops will be maintained. The direction of the current one way systems in place on Church Street and Moorgate will be reversed while Moor Street is closed.
Part of the scheme will include work to ensure that the parking and access arrangements can effectively be enforced. This will then mean that no traffic will be allowed to use the pedestrianised sections of Moor Street, Church Street, Burscough Street and Aughton Street except for legitimate access for loading between 7.00am and 10.00am and 4.00pm and 7.00pm.
Effective enforcement of the access and parking restrictions will improve the environment and experience for pedestrians and make the area more accessible and user friendly, especially for people with visual and physical impairments. It is intended that the changes to make the restrictions properly enforceable will be in place from the start of the works on Monday 16 February.