Work to improve the safety and appearance of Bury St Edmunds’ ugliest street, will now start in January.
The £50,000 project in St Andrews Street South between the arc and the town centre, has been put on hold until the New Year to allow for gas main replacement works.
The joint Suffolk County Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council scheme has been looking at how to improve pedestrian safety in a road where traffic restrictions have proven unforceable.
The councils’ answer is to lift those restrictions for a 18 month trial period but put in physical measures to slow traffic down.
The scheme will include build outs to narrow the street, courtesy crossing points, a priority system for traffic to give way to oncoming vehicles, while the bus stop outside Boots will be moved.
The councils have also talked about putting in planters, trees and artwork to improve the look of the road.
Steve Boor, engineer at Suffolk County Council said the councils would be speaking to business groups closer to the time to finalise a start date for after the end of the January sales.
The road was dubbed the ‘One of the ugliest parts of Bury’ by arc manager Colin Roberts at a council meeting back in February. He also said it is dangerous to cross.