A new footpath and traffic crossing has replaced an underused subway and anti-social blackspot in Wolverhampton.

The scheme was designed and delivered by the council’s transportation team in collaboration with civil engineering and infrastructure specialist company, Barhale.

The subway was recommended for closure by ward councillors, residents, West Midlands Police and the Council, to address problems with anti social behaviour and improve the environment for local people.

The council engaged with local residents throughout each phase of the project to make sure people were informed about the improvements and part of the changes.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “From the work of the highways team and others, it’s clear to see this scheme is a great example of an infrastructure project which has wider community benefits. It’s far more than just a traditional highways improvement scheme.”

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "We all, as partners, have worked together to improve the area for local people to enjoy. It’s led to a couple of community bulb planting events in the open spaces that have been created as part of the project and has really lifted the area.”

Local Councillor, Obaida Ahmed, added: “To see this now complete is great for the community. They have been involved in helping shape plans for this area for a while now and their feedback has been incorporated, which included more green space, an important aspect of the work.”

Les Pitcher, Barhale’s Site Agent, explained: “The project has been particularly important to local residents who have been highly engaged from the start. The project team decided to hold a drop in session where residents could come and ask questions about the scheme and how it would be delivered. The closure of the subway and landscaping of the new open space has helped to improve this part of Craddock Street.”