Work to enhance a Bilston car park as part of a major redevelopment of the town centre starts next week.

Bilston High Street Link will see the creation of a safe and direct pedestrian route to the town centre across Pinfold Street car park. The car park will see an additional 6 parking spaces, 18 bays for disabled drivers, new entrance and exit points and landscaping installed.

Work begins on Monday (7 April) and is expected to take around 16 weeks to complete. While the work will cause some disruption, the car park will be kept open throughout the project.

It is part of the wider Bilston Urban Village scheme that sees Wolverhampton City Council working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency to regenerate the town with commercial and residential projects.

The Bert Williams Leisure Centre and the South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy are the first 2 major developments to have been completed and opened at Bilston Urban Village.

Previous works have included the treatment of mineshafts and the acquisition of properties on the High Street for the High Street Link.

Demolition of the properties on the High Street will follow and will allow the pedestrian route to be extended through to the High Street later this year.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: "Work is progressing very well with the scheme.

"The enhanced car park will be a boost for people who visit Bilston, including those who use the Bert Williams Leisure Centre in the evening."

"Bilston Urban Village represents a vital part of the Council's regeneration plans for the town and will help the High Street take advantage of the new investment being made south of the Black Country Route."

Updates on the work will be posted on social media sites, Twitter: @BilstonTC_Mgr and Type=links;Linkid=3268;Title=Facebook;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Thursday 3 April, 2014