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 late summer 2019.
Timeline of activity
We have now started the main construction of the Market Walk shopping centre and wanted to update you on what will be happening when over the coming weeks. The key dates are:
• Works on Union Street – to be completed in August
• Extension building looking finished to the exterior – July/August
• Tenant fit out – September – November
Opening of the extension – scheduled for early December 2019Union Street works
We will be carrying out major work on Union Street and a series of diversions will be in place while this work takes place. The town centre is very much open for business during this work, which will improve the appearance of Union Street and make it more pedestrian-friendly. It is running slightly behind schedule due to the wet weather we had in early June and issues we have encountered under the surface.
The remaning programme of activity is as follows and you can see the diversion routes on this graphic
Monday 12 August (for four nights)
• Union Street will be closed in both directions between Clifford Street (the by-pass) and the entrance to the library car park (pedestrian access will be maintained)
• Work will take place between 7pm and 6am
• The work will consist of planing, surfacing and lining – some of this work will be noisy but we will do what we can to minimise the disruption
• The contractor will facilitate emergency access for residents during the closure
Once the work has been completed the road will open in both directions on Friday 16 August and the lane closure on the by-pass should be lifted. We'd like to thank everyone for their patience while the work has been taking place.