Proposals to create a new cul-de-sac turnaround area, with loading facilities and a new taxi rank in the town centre have moved a step closer. Planning permission was granted in December for a scheme to widen River Street and Faulkner Street. The scheme will facilitate two-way traffic and create a cul-de-sac with a new vehicle turn around area, improved loading facilities for the local businesses on Drake Street and a new taxi rank for 7 vehicles.
The facility is located to the rear of lower Drake Street and will allow vehicle access down River Street from Water Street, turn around and then exit back onto Water Street. It forms part of a wider scheme to reduce through traffic and make the town centre more pedestrian and cycle friendly.
Councillor Peter Williams, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said “major development projects are underway and will continue across the town centre in coming years. These projects provide an opportunity to help create a more pedestrian friendly town centre. The proposed scheme on River Street will help reduce through traffic and ease congestion, and support the on-going regeneration of Rochdale town centre”.
John Hudson, Chief Executive of Rochdale Development Agency said “the scheme will provide a new taxi rank and loading facilities for local businesses on Drake Street. The location of the proposed turnaround area and taxi rank, with direct access to the new Transport Interchange and close to the Metrolink stop, will help create a public transport hub right in the heart of the town centre”
Work is expected to start on site in Spring 2013.
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