Come down to Ironbridge this weekend
Work has been under way for a few weeks now to upgrade the paving along The Wharfage and Tontine Hill. While there is still work to do, Easter weekend is an excellent opportunity to get down to Ironbridge and see how far the work has progressed.
The current yorkstone paving is being replaced with a type of clay block, which was selected following consultation which took place during December/January.
This weekend all traffic management which has been in place while the works are taking place will be taken away, making access for the many expected visitors over Easter easier.
Traffic Management will then be back in place from Tuesday 29 March.
This weekend also sees the start of the Ironbridge Park & Ride and Gorge Connect services for the 2016 season, making it even easier to get into and around Ironbridge.
Both services will operate all Easter weekend and each Bank Holiday weekend until the end of May. They will then also operate every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday from 23 July until 18 September.
For just £1 per person return (or free for children under 16 and English concessionary pass holders) the park and ride service can be used from its car park site at the top of Jiggers Bank into either the Museum of Iron/Enginuity in Coalbrookdale or the Museum of The Gorge in Ironbridge.
The Gorge Connect service can then be used to travel around the World Heritage Site to other museums and places of interest (charges apply).
Councillor Angela McClements, cabinet member for Communities, Regeneration and Transport, said: “There has been excellent progress along The Wharfage and Tontine Hill to upgrade the paving on the footways and this Easter weekend provides the perfect chance for people to go and have a look at the work that has taken place so far.
“Traffic management is being removed over the weekend to ensure all residents, businesses and visitors can make the most of the World Heritage Site, without the restrictions that have been in place lately, and enjoy the area and all it has to offer.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank all the residents and businesses affected by the current footway improvements in Ironbridge for their continued support and understanding while the work continues.”
Councillor Nicola Lowery, Ward Member for Ironbridge Gorge, added: “The footways work is progressing well and I’ve been extremely impressed by the level of precision, care and consideration for the local community shown by the contractor delivering the project, McPhillips.
“Many businesses and residents have been very complimentary of the new surface and have advised me that there has been very little disruption along The Wharfage so far.”
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