Changes taking place in Chorley town centre We've agreed a £16m package of investment in the town centre that will see a huge amount of work taking place to attract more visitors. The highlights of the scheme include an extension to Market Walk shopping centre, which will bring a six-screen cinema, an M&S Foodhall with click and collect, high street retailers and restaurants to the town and a programme to improve the appearance of the rest of the town centre streets making it more pedestrian-friendly and a great place to enjoy your leisure time.
This work coincides with two other major projects – to create a new youth zone for Chorley, which is now open and proving really popular, and to build the Primrose Gardens retirement village on Fleet Street, which is due to open in spring 2019.
Timeline of activity
Following our decision to give the final go ahead for the work in January we wanted to give you an overview of what will be happening when:
Market Walk extension
• Further enablement work ahead of the construction - August - October
• Start building the extension – 8 October
• Improvements to Union Street – January-June (2019)
• Completion of the extension – late 2019
Creation of an extra level on Friday Street car park
Work on this is well underway with steel work going up. The car park is currently fully closed but we wil re-open a small number of spaces as and when we can. We expect the ground floor to re-open on 22 October and teh full car park to be available from 16 November.
Creation of car park on Royal Oak site, off High Street
This is due to open at the end of August creating 47 new spaces.
Creation of car park on Arley Street for staff parking
This has been completed meaning less staff will be taking up public car parks in the shopping areas.
Freeing up spaces on Tuesdays
We are also moving all our staff off the public car parks on Tuesdays from 21 August until mid-November to alleviate pressure on parking spaces on the busiest day.
Other key dates for work
• Work will start on improving the Clifford Street crossing w/c Monday 20 August – this will be to enable to people to cross both carriageways in one go. This is expected to be completed mid-October
• Work to re-model the Chorley Pals statue area will start on 10 September and be completed ahead of the Remembrance Sunday commemorations
Inevitably there may be some changes to the schedule.
We’ll keep this page updated with all the latest developments and if you have any questions please contact us.