New look Waterdale to open for public transport

The new look Waterdale Road is to open for public transport, taxis and cyclists only next week (Monday 13 February) as Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) project gathers pace. 

 

Changing the road layouts in Waterdale is part of plans to upgrade the road network and reconnect Waterdale and the CCQ developments with the town centre. This will encourage more people into the area and is a vital part of the regeneration process. The project is being delivered by Doncaster Council and its development partner Muse Developments. 

 

In 2011, College Road was opened up to Chequer Road, close to the Museum, creating a new through route for motorists. This remains the route for motorists travelling around this part of town.

 

Downgrading Waterdale Road and introducing quality paving turns what was once a busy road into a pedestrian friendly area with restricted access for vehicles. South Yorkshire Police will be monitoring the road to ensure motorists are complying and not putting pedestrians at risk.

 

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: “It was important that Waterdale and the developments included in the new Civic and Cultural Quarter were better connected to the town centre. We have created a new route for motorists along College Road and by turning Waterdale Road into a quality street where people can wander around safely and enjoy the various attractions, the buzz should return to Waterdale. The new quarter is already making a significant difference to the Doncaster skyline and the feel of the whole area.”

 

Work on the new public square where people can meet up, relax and socialise is progressing well. Additional public space is also being created in Horsefair Green, opposite Ward Brothers, as part of the plan to create an impressive and attractive setting. These works should be complete in spring 2012.

 

Development director at Muse Developments, Dan Needham, commented: "The downgrading of the highway along Waterdale has enabled us to produce an integrated high quality, paved and landscaped street, which will improve pedestrian connectivity and safety between the Civic and Cultural Quarter and the rest of the town centre. When the public square is launched it will really bring the scheme together providing a great setting for visitors to enjoy.”

 

The first phase of the CCQ project also includes a £20million new performance venue, new civic offices and a refurbished Civic Quarter Car Park which opened in 2011. The first phase will be complete by spring 2013.

 

The project is being part funded by the European Union, as part of the European Regional Development Fund’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

 

For further information on the CCQ go to: www.doncaster.gov.uk/ccq or www.twitter.com/CCQDonny

Posted on February 07, 2012

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