Leading highway service provider, Eurovia, has completed an ambitious project to improve access, appearance and pedestrian facilities in a largely independent retail area in Essex. The improvement scheme was designed to make the street more welcoming for shoppers and visitors by widening pavements and narrowing the road to make it more pedestrian-friendly. The area was opened with the Mayor and Councillors of Essex Council.
Moulsham Street in Chelmsford is a large retail area located away from the town’s main high street and relies on passing footfall for a significant proportion of its trade. The site is home to a lot of independent traders and previously the pedestrian access was found to be lacking, with cars able to pass through on both sides. The Eurovia team set to work narrowing the roads and widening the pavements, making it easier and safer for pedestrians to use and cross the street.
“This area is renowned for its independent shops and businesses, so it was important for us to maintain footfall through Moulsham Street during the improvements” says Andrew Tomlins, Contract Manager, Eurovia Infrastructure Limited. “We ensured pedestrian walkways were kept open throughout the entire length of the scheme, allowing continues access to ensure trade of businesses and shops was not affected. The improvement of this road was necessary, for a better and safer shopping experience for pedestrians and increased trade for retailers.”
The re-vamp by Eurovia also includes the replacement of old street lights with new bespoke street lights, improved seating, cycle stands, refurbished litter bins and bollards. The footways were paved, granite kerbs and channels are in place, the carriageway has been resurfaced and the raised road surface at the entrance to the street has been laid.
The £500,000 work was funded by Essex County and Chelmsford Borough councils and was opened ahead of schedule by Eurovia, the Mayor and Councillors from Essex Council.