Marlborough Highways has been awarded a Public Realm Enabling Works Package (Phase 1) by Braintree District Council which forms part of their £2.5million investment in Braintree Town Centre as part of their new pedestrianisation scheme.
Marlborough will start the public realm works, valued at £350,000, today which is expected to run for 11 weeks and will help support Braintree District Council’s plans to make the town centre
pedestrianised, meaning long-term improvements to the roads and pavements, more opportunities for events and markets and creating green space areas – all designed to create a place where people want to visit and socialise.
The Contract will see footways and carriageways reconstructed, with the inclusion of a proposed Bus Gate and contra flow bus lane and wider footways, including street lighting improvements, signage and drainage improvements and traffic signal improvements, as well as construction of parking bays and the implementation of a one way system.
Marlborough’s key business areas of traffic management, road markings, infrastructure, surfacing, street lighting will come together to provide a high-quality service for Braintree District Council and create efficiencies to ensure the work is completed well within the time frame. The works will be managed by Kevin Prince, Project Manager with over 23 years’ experience in the highways industry who also carries a lot of knowledge about the area, living locally.
Marlborough’s health and safety policy for the duration of this scheme in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak will be to closely monitor and follow the official advice from Gov.UK, PHE and HSE, ensuring that the appropriate actions are taken in order to protect all concerned. All Marlborough staff have adopted the latest COVID-19 Safe operating procedures and have access to instructions and products to avoid transmission through practical hygiene routines.
Marlborough is looking forward to working with Braintree District Council and developing the relationship with them over the next few weeks. Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This scheme really is part of a catalyst for change for Braintree, alongside our £30million Manor Street regeneration project which is already underway, as it will open up an unique opportunity to host more markets and events and create more green and social spaces – to bring more people into our town centre and help boost trade for our local businesses.
“Without our investment and our partners, these improvements to the highway, public realm and town centre would just not happen. This is a really exciting time for Braintree and we look forward to working together with Marlborough to help make these essential town improvements to support the scheme.”