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How can we keep town moving during closure?
10:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
KEEPING Evesham moving and ensuring it is open for business are two of the key objectives during the 10- week bridge closure.
At 5am this morning a new route through the town and over the River Avon was put into operation.
The town centre diversion will involve the introduction of a temporary two-way traffic flow on Mill Street from its junction with Oat Street, with the closure of Mill Bank at its junction with Common Road to through traffic.
A number of other measures have also been put into place to keep Evesham busy with visitors, including the Journal’s Come In We’re Open campaign to support town businesses and keep everyone updated on the work.
There is signage all the way to the M5, a temporary pedestrian bridge and all fares on bus services to and from the town centre are half price until the end of the year.
A £200,000 partnership initiative between the county council, Wychavon District Council and Evesham Market Town Partnership, which includes the YES loyalty card scheme and discounted short-stay town centre parking of 20p for three hours have also been put in place.
Details of bus services, which will be running more regularly, walking, cycling, rail travel and car sharing is available at worcestershire.gov.uk/abbeybridge and information on the bridge can be found at eveshamjournal.co.uk/disruption.
Temporary traffic restrictions cutting the potential for blockages in Port Street have been introduced and schools and colleges have been urged to adapt travel plans.
John Smith, Evesham councillor and county member for Highways and Transport, said: “After months of preparation, the essential Abbey Bridge 10-week closure is now here. There will be congestion but everyone can play a part by planning journeys and thinking about transport alternatives.
“This replacement project is massively important when it comes to making sure our town remains Open for Business in the future.”
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