Marlborough Highways will be working with Braintree District Council once again. They have been awarded a £2 million public realm Contract as part of Braintree town centre’s pedestrianisation scheme that began in April 2020.
Phase 2 of the project will run from August until later this year. It will help support Braintree District Council’s development of the area, concentrating on the construction of the town centre (High Street, Market Place and Great Square). Once complete, the long-term improvements to the roads and pavements will modernise and future-proof the town centre. This will make it more accessible, attractive and a safer environment for residents and visitors. Improvements will create more opportunities for markets and events and help create a place that people want to visit and socialise, ultimately boosting trade for local businesses.
The Contract includes reconstruction and high-quality paving, including new improved drainage, reconstruction of surfaces, installation of ducting, street lighting and CCTV poles. Major landscaping for the town centre and the installation of modern street furniture will also enhance the area and make it more welcoming to visitors. The next step focusing on the new refurbished area will also benefit market traders, providing new electrical points for each stall.
Marlborough Highways has 25 years of experience in key business areas of traffic management, road markings, infrastructure, surfacing and street lighting and have thus far provided a high-quality service for Braintree District Council, whilst ensuring the work on Phase 1 was completed to agreed time scales during these unprecedented times. Phase 1 saw considerable improvements to Fairfield Road and Bank Street with improved footways, carriageways and bus and cycle lanes, as well as construction of more disabled parking facilities and additional parking for loading and unloading to support local businesses.
All staff members have adopted the latest official advice from GOV.UK, PHE and HSE safe operating procedures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the health and safety of staff and the public will continue to be closely monitored to ensure Marlborough Highways are following government advice and guidelines at all times.
Councillor Tom Cunningham, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure at Braintree District Council, said: “We are delighted to be working with Marlborough Highways on the next phase of our fantastic pedestrianisation scheme for Braintree town centre. We want to make our town centre a more attractive place for people to visit, shop and socialise and without our investment alongside Essex County Council and Department of Transport, these much-needed improvements to the roads and pavements and opportunity to future-proof the town centre would just not happen. It really is the beginning of an exciting transformation for Braintree.”
Marlborough is looking forward to working with Braintree District Council again and developing the relationship with them.
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